Apple Restricting Use of NFC Antenna in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay

The NFC antenna found on Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will only be used with the company's "Apple Pay" mobile payment solution and will not be available to developers for use in third-party apps, reports Cult of Mac. The confirmation comes by way of an Apple spokeswoman, who also declined to comment on future plans for the technology's use in other instances.

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The move is similar to the Touch ID sensor's debut on the iPhone 5s last year, as Apple restricted its use to iTunes purchases and device unlocking. However, Apple announced at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference that developers would be able to integrate Touch ID into their iOS 8 apps. It is possible that Apple will allow NFC to be used with third-party apps at some point in the future, however it appears that the company is focused on polishing the technology for use with its own services.

Apple Pay will first launch in the United States next month as an update to iOS 8, and will be featured in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as the Apple Watch when it launches next year. The service will be compatible with American Express, Mastercard and Visa credit/debit cards, with 220,000 U.S. retail stores listed as partners. Apple will also be launching an Apple Pay API for developers to integrate the service into their apps.

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Top Rated Comments

itsmemuffins Avatar
128 months ago
Just like Touch ID was opened up, so will NFC.
Score: 58 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lancer Avatar
128 months ago
I see another Samsung ad mocking the new iPhone in our future :(
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
captain kaos Avatar
128 months ago
Flipping hell. Enclosed OS. :(
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darwen Avatar
128 months ago
They are locking it down to make sure ApplePay is successful first. They wouldn't want someone else building a better platform on their hardware before they first get their system rolled out.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bushido Avatar
128 months ago
useless hardware feature for the rest of world then ...

oh apple why do you always have to restrict every new implementation
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Quu Avatar
128 months ago
Disappointing. I hope they open it by iOS 9 or earlier. There are a lot of great uses for this beyond payments.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)