Cult Of Mac has reported that the NFC antenna equipped on the Apple iPhone 6 variants will only be compatible for use of the Apple Pay mobile payment solution. Hence, it will not be available for the use in third party apps by developers. This was the statement by a spokesperson who wouldn’t explain any further on future plans regarding the NFC.
This is the same move Apple is making with the Touch ID sensor that debuted on the iPhone 5s back last year. Apple used the technology only for the iTunes purchases and device unlocking. It was only made available to developers this year to integrate Touch ID into iOS 8 apps. This might just be the same plan the company wants to execute when it comes to the NFC technology. Apple most probably wants to ensure all the kinks are ironed out with its own services before expanding it to developers and other apps.
Apple Pay will be launching in America by next month as an update to iOS 8. It will feature on the brand new iPhone 6 variants as well as the Apple Watch. Apple Pay will be compatible with American Express, Mastercard and Visacards. Over 200,000 retails stores in America have listed onto the service as partners.