According to The Information, the NFC chip of the iPhones of Apple will soon have the ability open the doors of the houses and cars of its users, as well as pay for thier fare. Reportedly, the tech titan is gearing up for the introduction of a huge update for the near-field communication chip of its devices, which is (at the moment) frequently used to make purchases through Apple Pay. The publication says that the employees of Apple already have access to the new features and they have apparently been making use of their iPhones to have access to offices and buildings at the HQ of Apple that is located in Cupertino. While the users can use their iPhones to open a lot of smart locks via Bluetooth, NFC is said to be the more secure choice.
According to the sources of the publication, Apple has been working closely with the company that made its security systems, HID Global, to give the iPhones the capability to have access to offices and buildings since 2014. The firm has reportedly been negotiating with Cubic, the transit card maker, for years, as well. As people might know, iPhone users can use the mobile payment solution of Apple to pay for thier fare in places such as parts of China, Japan, London and a number of cities in the United States. However, working with Cubic will give the iPhones the power to act as transit cards for tens of millions of users across the globe.
The Information says that Apple is slated to announce the new capabilities of its NF during its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, which will stary on the 4th of June. Once the features are made available to the public, even the older iPhones which were made in 2014 or later can have the ability to unlock them by downloading a software update.