After the success of Apple Pay payments’ contactless interactions in its previous iOS version, the mobile seller is now planning to widen the use and application of such interactions.
As reported by The Information website, Apple in its forthcoming iOS 12 version will give full third-party access to the Near Field Communication (NFC) chips inside iPhones. The Cupertino-based tech firm is likely to announce iOS 12 and other major software platforms during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2018 that will be taking place from June 4th at the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, US.
By expanding the use of the NFC chip, Apple wants to expand the use of iPhone in contactless interactions, something that may even make the device act as a hotel key door or virtual transit card for easier access, the report said.
Also mentioned is that third-parties may also be allowed to coordinate with the secure enclave embedded inside the iPhone to store sensitive information.
For those unaware, developers were given access to the NFC chips for the first time with the iOS 11 when it added the CoreNFC framework. The framework allowed apps to use the NFC chip as an arbitrary scanner of (Radio-frequency identification) RFID tags. RFID tags help locate objects or person using electromagnetic fields.
However, the usage still seems limited. The report adds that the main drawback of current NFC Application Programming Interface (API) is that the app must not only be in the forefront but also present a specific system modal sheet to begin scanning. This limits the usage and convenience of the feature.
The Information report adds that Apple is already testing these features at Apple Park in partnership with HID Global. Reportedly, Apple employees are using their iPhones to gain access to Apple Park buildings.