iPhones will reportedly get NFC updates that will allow you to unlock doors, cars and make transit fares
Apple is set to upgrade iPhones by extending the Near Field Communication (NFC) feature beyond its capabilities, reports The Information. In other words, the upcoming update in iiPhones’NFC will help users interact with smart locks, unlock house doors, automobiles, building security systems, healthcare businesses, and even mass transit payment facilities.
Apparently, Apple employees have already been using the updated features to access offices and buildings at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino via their iPhones.
For those uninitiated, the NFC (near-field communication) chip feature was added in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S in 2014 to allow for contactless information exchanges and is limited to Apple Pay and mobile payments. Compared to Bluetooth, NFC is a more secure way of authentication.
According to MacRumors, “The change to the near-field communication, or NFC, chip, which is expected to be announced next month, could pave the way for people to use iPhones for other security-sensitive interactions, from paying transit fares and opening car doors to verifying their identity in other ways.”
Since 2014, Apple has been working with HID Global, a security identity company, to give iPhone capabilities via NFC chip to unlock the offices and buildings.
According to The Information, Apple is going to reveal the new capabilities of NFC chip at the company’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which takes place from June 4 to June 8. Once the feature is updated, even the older iPhones made in 2014 would be able to