IOS 12 could turn your iPhone into your doorkey
- Erica Wilson
Apple is allowing users to unlock doors equipped with the technology securely and is expected to expand the NFC capabilities of its iPhones beyond mobile payments, according to the information. Apple will make software and hardware announcements, with the limelight on new product announcements like iPhone SE 2, and a new lineup of MacBooks.
"Apple employees are already using their iPhones to unlock doors at Apple Park, likely via custom badge readers detailed in Federal Communications Commission filings previous year", the report added.
Apple is set to upgrade iPhones by extending the Near Field Communication (NFC) feature beyond its capabilities, reports The Information. Apple is also reportedly in talks with transit card maker Cubic.Thoughg you can use Apple Pay for payments in places like Japan, parts of China, London and a few cities in the USA, but working with Cubic will give iPhones the power to act as transit cards for tens of millions of people around the globe.
It's likely that Apple will open its NFC-related API to at least some third-party developers, similar to how the tech giant now lets developers to add Siri integration to their apps. The NFC on iPhone has more features than the one on Android phones. Recently iHelp BR has released a new design concept for the iOS 12.
Apple is also a trendsetter in many ways.
Another potential NFC solution for iPhone could be the door keys used by hotels around the world.
Apart from public transport payment, some analysts believe iPhone may become a auto key for vehicle owners in the future.
Such technology may be ready for the market given that some Apple employees are already said to be using their iPhones to gain access to offices and buildings within the firm's new campus. Compared to Bluetooth, NFC is a more secure way of authentication.
What this could infer is that Apple's smartphones will be able to work better with devices running on Internet of Things.