The Information reported that Apple is planning to use near-field communication (NFC) chip. The company utilizes it for wireless payments. At the campus of Apple in Cupertino, California, employees are using their Apple iPhones when unlocking doors in the office. The company may announce this news next month.
This technology is currently in the iPhone 6 and up. As mentioned, it enables contactless information exchanges. This method lets iPhone owners use Apple Pay when paying for items they want to purchase at stores. They just have to hold their phone close to a credit card reader.
However, before it can unlock doors, the company needs to expand the chip’s functionalities to communicate with smart locks. It will also interact with building security system systems.
The report also stated that the iPhone company is in talks with Cubic, a card maker. This deal may help in having seamless transit fare option possible. In some cities in the US and around the world, companies are using phone-based mobile payment solutions.
Now, if the deal with Cubic would be successful, millions of people around the world could use their iPhones as a transit card.
Apple started to increase the functionality of NFC by adding the core NFC framework in its iOS 11. At present, however, the technology can only scan RFID tags. With this development, the company is likely to allow third-party apps to access its APIs and use the chip.
This development would mean that the adoption rates of NFC would also grow. Before, when Apple changed some standards, the other companies would also follow. Payment processors regulated their NFC equipment. As a result, the technology ecosystem started to support it. In 2015, the number of phones with NFC reached one billion. After that, the number doubled.
Currently, the top 10 smartphone manufacturers are selling NFC-enabled devices. Soon, this technology will be just another standard sensor.
Apple may announce this update on June 4, during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The company usually provides a preview of its latest iOS. The last version of iOS provided significant updates, like central file directories, multitasking system, and others.
This update would give the company an opportunity to beat Android phone makers that are now making contactless solutions for their consumers. Some Samsung and Google devices can already access secured rooms with the use of NFC.
WWDC – iOS 12
iPhone enthusiasts expect the upcoming iOS to be less buggy. When iOS 11 was first released, it was full of weird bugs. Some of them bemoaned of not seeing notifications. Then, the autocorrect function was acting strangely. The Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode would be activated even when they are not driving. And while they are driving, they receive messages. They also experienced more random freezes. Thus, most iPhone owners want the upcoming iOS to work more smoothly.
Meanwhile, Apple won against Samsung over patent infringement battle. Samsung would have to pay the iPhone manufacturer a whopping $539 million in damages. It closes a section of the patent infringement case that sprang seven years ago. Samsung infringed Apple iPhone’s rounded corners, a grid of icons and the bezeled black screen.