iPhone and Apple Watch Likely to Support NFC Multi-Purpose Tap in the Future

iPhones and Apple Watches could support multiple actions via NFC simultaneously in the future, the NFC Forum today suggested.

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The NFC Forum, the leading standards body for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today published its first overview of NFC Multi-Purpose Tap. The technology, which supports multiple actions with one tap, is designed to bring more convenience to various NFC use cases such as point-to-point receipt delivery, loyalty programs, identification, and total-journey transit ticketing.

Apple is a prominent member of the NFC Forum and likely contributed to the development of the technology. The company first introduced NFC in the iPhone 6 and original Apple Watch, initially focusing on Apple Pay, allowing users to make contactless payments.

NFC Multi-Purpose Tap would allow ‌iPhone‌ users to perform multiple transactions with a single tap. For instance, consumers could make payments, log loyalty points, and receive receipts instantaneously. The potential applications are considerable, from retail payments to public transportation, where users could tap their ‌iPhone‌ to pay for a journey, apply discounts, and get travel receipts all at once.

Since Apple is a member of the NFC Forum, it seems highly likely that NFC Multi-Purpose Tap will come to the ‌iPhone‌ and Apple Watch at some point in the future. The company often adds support for new NFC functionalities, such as reading NFC tags and facilitating more interactions with a broader range of NFC devices.

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Top Rated Comments

coffeemilktea Avatar
2 weeks ago

For instance, consumers could make payments, log loyalty points, and receive receipts instantaneously.
Being able to pay for food AND apply discounts at the same time? This is the bright new future I've been waiting for. :cool:

I'm gonna buy truly ridiculous amounts of Taco Bell now.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
greg624 Avatar
2 weeks ago
I’ve already had this happen at jimmy johns. When I pay for my food with Apple Pay, my jimmy johns rewards automatically comes up as well and applies my points.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alexandr Avatar
2 weeks ago
I would really like be able to run my NFC tag automations with the Apple Watch...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WarmWinterHat Avatar
2 weeks ago
I'd like to be able to open the doors at work with my iPhone. Right now, only Android users can.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nekronos Avatar
2 weeks ago

I’ve already had this happen at jimmy johns. When I pay for my food with Apple Pay, my jimmy johns rewards automatically comes up as well and applies my points.
some businesses have rewards linked to your payment method and could be the reason behind this
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nekronos Avatar
2 weeks ago

I see restaurants upgrading their hardware all the time nowadays. So it wouldn't be that of a far stretch to have that tech just as a new option on new hardware.
That's probably the true in dense, high volume markets and regions with high turnover/fresh capital but probably not the case for the average town.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)