Apple May Give iPhones More NFC-Based Capabilities Through iOS 12

You may soon be able to unlock NFC-enabled doors using your iPhones through the iOS 12.

Near-field communication (NFC) was first integrated in Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, this was mainly restricted to Apple Pay transactions. This time, the Cupertino-based company is said to be expanding its NFC capabilities to other uses through the iOS 12 update.

A report by The Information says that Apple is set to change it NFC policies soon. Reports also suggest that it could be at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2018 (WWDC)set to kick-off on June 4.

“The change to the NFC chip…could pave the way for people to use iPhones for other security-sensitive interactions,” the report said.

According to the report, Apple employees are already using their iPhones to unlock doors at the Apple Park. This is possible through “custom badge readers detailed in Federal Communications Commission filings last year.”

Apple first allowed increased functionality with its NFC chip through the CoreNFC framework in iOS 11. However, it only currently allows RFID tags scanning. With the change in NFC policies in the iOS 12, more stuff can finally be integrated. This includes interacting with smart locks, building security systems, vehicles, and paying transit fares.

 

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Apple Pay: Is Mobile Payment the End For Cash Payments?

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about Apple Pay (link: https://technewsgadget.net/2017/12/apple-pay-cash-convenient-way/), and now there are whispers that the end of cash payments is almost near. Would you agree with this?

Apple Pay for iOS users

After months of teasing their Apple Pay Cash, they are FINALLY going to release it. Being a person-to-person payment method, this is a great and convenient feature for iPhone users.

Because of this, you will have lesser excuse in delaying of paying back your friend.

Limited to iOS users only, Android users can use other applications with the same method.

This feature is added to the latest launched iOS version which is iOS 11.2. But this is only a Beta version so don’t expect too much just yet.

Using this new mobile payment method is easy as 1, 2, 3. You can complete a transaction with a friend by using iMessage. Users can send money through their credit or debit card.

If they receive money, it will appear virtually as an Apple Pay Cash card in their Wallet app. They can then use it instantly to pay at stores and for online purchases or transfer the money to their bank accounts.

So, is this really the end of Cash-based payments?