Apple is set to unveil to its eager fans their new OS at its annual WWDC this coming Monday, 4 June. As expected, more rumours are spreading regarding what we can expect from Apple’s latest update. One of these rumoured features is that the tech giant will expand capabilities for the built-in NFC chip on the iPhone’s, to enable them to carry out more things, like unlocking doors.
This latest rumour comes from The Information, and they say the new feature “could pave the way for people to use iPhone’s for other security-sensitive interactions, from paying transit fares and opening car doors to verifying their identity in other ways.” This is not ground-breaking tech from Apple, as their employees at the company’s HQ in Cupertino use iPhone’s to unlock doors, and have done so for some time.
Considering this technology is already partially in use, it’s a safe bet to assume this will be brought in as a feature in iOS 12. Apple has already given developers the chance to integrate the feature into apps, and one day we could see iPhone’s being used to unlock cars, doors and many other things.
Apple are reportedly working with Cubic too, the company that makes transit cards like London’s Oyster Card in a bid to make the iPhone more versatile and be used on more public transport worldwide. You can already pay for public transport via iPhone in most of the US, UK, China and Japan but they want to further this. We can’t wait to see what Apple has planned next Monday.