iPhone 6 NFC chip is restricted to Apple Pay

by Volker Weber

Apple finally added NFC to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but if you were hoping the company’s new NFC chip will allow you to pair speakers or integrated NFC tags into your favorite apps, however you won’t be able to do any of the when the iPhone 6 launches this week because Apple’s put its NFC chip on lockdown.

In an email to Cult of Mac, an Apple spokeswoman confirmed that NFC chip on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is only for use with Apple Pay.

This is, shall I say, disappointing.

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In iOS 9 they will sell NFC for speaker pairing as a great invention :-)

Ole Saalmann, 2014-09-16

Apple has Airdrop, Airplay, ... What do they need NFC for? ;-)

Volker Weber, 2014-09-16

To Five their customers an option? ;) but that wouldn't be very Apple, would it?

Johannes Matzke, 2014-09-16

...and in iOS10 you can finally write NFC-Tags for home automation tasks, which will be a great new feature embedded within "HomeKit" as an awesome brand new invention....

I could cry...

Eric Bredtmann, 2014-09-16

As mentioned, this is so you can do AMAZING things for the FIRST time EVER on iPhone 7.

Craig Wiseman, 2014-09-16

Kids, remember that Apple uses other technologies where the rest of world would use NFC. Try it out. Bluetooth Pairing is not something, Apple has ever bothered with.

Volker Weber, 2014-09-16

Oh and Bluetooth pairing - It's like my mouse and trackpad have alzheimer's. Hello Mouse, this is your main computer. You will be paired to this today, and tomorrow, and most of the time. But don't worry, you'll have forgotten me by tomorrow, and I'll tell you again.

Andrew Magerman, 2014-09-16

This, shall I say, I don't have to understand...

Ingo Seifert, 2014-09-16

Ich würde fast wetten, dass sie es in einem späteren Update heldenhaft freischalten, so à la "blah... we listened to our valued customers" und die Community wird sie wieder feiern... ;)

Ingo Seifert, 2014-09-17

I suspect this should read "iPhone 6 NFC chip is restricted to Apple Pay for now."

I don't see any indication that this will be closed forever.

Eric Hancock, 2014-09-17

This is probably to reduce risk of Apple Pay manipulation. This would be great for bargaining in processing fee negotiations. They do get 0.25% processing fee out of the banks pockets.

If the next device generation gets NFC support, they probably will have a separate set of hardware, not connected to the secure element used for Apple Pay. Think of jailbroken phones and the impact of NFC hardware not entirely separated from ordinary apps with Apple Pay in place. A fraud fest.

Lino Helms, 2014-09-17

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