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Apple Restricts NFC to Mobile Payments

Apple is restricting the functionality of the Near Field Communications chipset embedded in its new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch products to its Apple Pay mobile payments program, according to multiple reports. The restriction was first reported by Cult of Mac, and then later confirmed by other news outlets, including The Verge and CNET. The devices are the first from Apple to support NFC, which is a short-range wireless technology useful for exchanging information. However, as a result of the NFC chip's being for use solely in Apple Pay, iOS users will not be able to use NFC to pair with other electronic devices, transfer contacts and files, open doors or use other applications via NFC.

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