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Apple Inc's long-awaited launch of tap-to-pay technology in its new iPhones and smartwatch may be the seal of approval that near-field communication technology needs to become as commonplace as WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.
Apple Inc's move into mobile payments, announced on Tuesday with the launch of its new iPhone 6 phones and the Apple Watch, is expected to give a boost to the wireless technology behind it, called near-field communications (NFC), analysts and makers of the technology say.
According to a report, the upcoming version of Apple's mobile operating system could bring new NFC features, enabling iPhones to open hotel rooms and even car doors.
The new Web NFC standard brings web apps that much closer to native apps, and more importantly, gives you an excuse to slap a bunch of NFC tags onto everything so you can boop them with your phone.
To charge a small device like a pair of wireless earbuds or a fitness tracker, you normally need to plug in some kind of cable like on your smartphone. But in future, you'll likely be able to charge them wirelessly from your smartphone using NFC.
With the release of iOS 13.1 Apple has integrated the Shortcuts app firmly into its mobile operating system. That should make it even easier to create automations.
The European Union is considering new rules that would likely require Apple Inc to give competitors access to payments technology inside its iPhones.