It seems like Apple wants us to use iPhone to many more contactless interactions beyond Appel Pay payments. The Information reports the company will give some third-party developers full access to its device’s near-field communication chip (NFC), which was first introduced in iPhone 6.
At the moment, iPhone users are using NFC only to make purchases via Apple Pay. However, the company wants its phone to be used in more ways, such as a hotel door key, or as a virtual transit card for transportation.
You can already use iPhone to unlock some hotel door keys, by using low energy Bluetooth protocols. But this system tends to be less secure than NFC. According to the publication, Apple’s employees are already using this new feature to access their offices at the company’s HQ in Cupertino.
Since 2014, Apple has been working with HID Global, the company that developed its security system, to let iPhones access to offices and buildings. Besides, the company has been reportedly talking to Cubic, the transit card maker for years. Working with this company will let you use your iPhone as a transit card around the globe, which you can do only in places like Japan, London, parts of China, and a few cities in the USA.
Apple plans to announce its NFC’s new features in the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that will start on June 4. It will be available on iOS 12, means you can unlock it on your iPhone made in 2014 or later just by downloading a software update.