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What Does Apple’s NFC-Enabled iPhone 6 Really Mean for Access Control & Identity Management?

Not very much it would seem, as the NFC chip inside the new iPhone 6 smartphones is for now restricted to ApplePay only. Both the new Apple Watch and iPhone 6 will have NFC capability and enable payments. However the documentation for iOS 8 seems to confirm that there is no open access for developers to the NFC controller in the phone and there are currently no NFC APIs in the iOS 8 SDK. So for now it's bad news for users and manufacturers of NFC-enabled accessories, like Access Control readers. Apple’s primary motivation for including NFC at this point seems to be keeping other payment wallets (like Google Wallet) off the iPhone. Apple has some history in limiting developer access to new technology features. Access to the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s was initially limited, but now they have opened up APIs so other apps can take advantage of it. Expect them to […]

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