As we’ve seen on Windows Phone and Android handsets, there are plenty of great uses for NFC. It can be used to easily establish a Bluetooth connection with speakers and other NFC-enabled Bluetooth products. It’s also great for file sharing and, of course, mobile payments. Apple will only allow the NFC chip inside of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus for NFC-based Apple Pay transactions, CultofMac said Tuesday.
It’s possible Apple will reconsider down the road, we assume, since it also locked Touch ID down last year but has since decided to open it up to third party developers. Likewise, areas of the operating system such as the notification shade widgets and keyboard are now open for developers inside iOS 8 – so clearly Apple isn’t against change. Also, the company has long considered its AirDrop technology more useful for sharing files such as pictures with nearby devices, instead of relying on NFC.
We think NFC could be particularly useful in the future, especially for allowing folks with Android and Windows Phone devices to tap-and-share with iOS devices. It’s locked down for now, though, which is kind of a bummer.