Apple’s mobile payment service is coming to Hong Kong’s popular Octopus contactless transit cards. Launching this fall, the system will let people tap their device on an NFC processor and be on their way, no need to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID whatsoever.
The new iPhones feature updated hardware for NFC which supports background tag reading. This permits the new phones to scan for and reads NFC tags without requiring users to launch an app for that beforehand.
Apple seems to have paired NFC technology with the Face ID or Touch ID to authenticate attendees’ digital WWDC 2018 passes in the Wallet app, marking the first time the Wallet pass has used NFC technology for access control.
Apple is said to be “making a significant change” to NFC, or near-field communication in iOS 12. In doing so, the wireless protocol, first introduced with the iPhone 6, could move beyond Apple Pay payments.
Multiple filings for an unannounced wireless device with the model number A1844 which Apple recently made with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have caused quite a commotion, more so in light of Bloomberg’s claims that an Amazon Echo-like appliance powered by Siri was in prototype testing. The mysterious device has turned out to be nothing more than a wireless door access system.
As per Business Insider, the device was likely designed for the new Apple Park headquarters opening to employees in April.