Apple, on the other hand, has included NFC in its iPhone and Apple Watch but limiting its functions to Apple Pay payments and in favor of our security.
But this, according to what they say in The Information and reflected in AppleInsider, could change in iOS 12. Apple could take advantage of this iOS update to release some more features of the NFC beyond what was done with iOS 11, making the iPhone capable of opening doors and authenticating to public transportation systems.
These are features that are increasingly used in other phones, so it’s not surprising that Apple has decided to relax the limitations of its NFC chip a bit and make the job easier for all developers. Hotels and transportation services will appreciate this, no doubt: imagine being able to do the check-in at a hotel without having to go through reception, just through the door, and being able to open the door to your room by bringing the iPhone or the Apple Watch closer to the lock.
This can also be reflected in other fields beyond hotels: we could see it implemented in the entrances of gyms, in cinemas and theatres, in concerts or even in airports. Apparently this is already being tested in the same offices in Apple Park , reduced to just a few employees. Public transport companies have also been asking Apple for more freedom to integrate their systems with the iPhone’s NFC since 2014.
If this turns out to be true, we should see it sometime in the keynote on June 4th. We’ll keep an eye out.