There’s not much that you can do with the NFC chip in your iPhone currently aside from making purchases through Apple Pay. However, if a new report is to be believed, Apple will soon let users do much more with the NFC chip inside their iPhones. For example, it may allow users to unlock doors through the near-field communication chip.

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The Information reports that Apple is going to reveal a major update for the NFC chip in iPhones at its annual developers’ conference next month. The update will enable iPhones to unlock smart doors and even pay for fares on public transportation.

The scribe adds that Apple employees already have access to these new features and that they have been using their iPhones to access offices and buildings at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. It’s already possible to open smart locks using Bluetooth through an iPhone but the NFC chip is widely believed to be a more secure option so it’s good to see that Apple is considering opening it up to all users.

It’s not like these new features will be limited to just the recent iPhone models. The company’s iPhones have had NFC chips as far back as 2014 so these features may also be offered on those iPhones as well through a simple software update after they are officially confirmed.

Apple’s next Worldwide Developers Conference will take place on June 4th.

Filed in Apple >Cellphones. Read more about NFC and Wwdc 2018.

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