Apple could expand NFC technology in the future

Specialized website Cult of Mac has reported that the iPhone 6's implementation of near field technology (NFC) will initially be limited to Apple Pay when the new smartphone arrives in stores on September 19. Apple Pay has been one of the most talked about features of the iPhone 6 and its larger counterpart, the iPhone 6 Plus. It will allow users to pay at retailers where the technology has been enabled, using NFC to turn the phone into a virtual wallet and reducing the use of credit cards.

For the time being, Apple Pay will be the only feature that makes use of NFC, but precedent suggests that situation could be temporary. When the iPhone 5S was first released in September 2013, Apple locked its fingerprint recognition feature Touch ID. But it has since been opened up to third-party developers, who have been working with it ahead of the public release of iOS 8, the new mobile operating system which will be available for download on September 17.

iOS 8 will not see as major a redesign as its immediate predecessor, but it will include many new features, including hands-free activation of Siri, the Health app and the possibility of responding to text messages without closing an open app. Users of iPad 2 and iPhone 4S and up will be able to download it.

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