Playing catch-up to Android. Again.
From Apple to Expand Secure Wireless Chip Beyond Payments, an exclusive posted Friday on The Information ($):
Apple is making a significant change to a wireless chip in the iPhone that will allow users to more securely unlock doors enabled with the same technology, a person familiar with the matter said.
The change to the near-field communication, or NFC, chip, which is expected to be announced next month, could pave the way for people to use iPhones for other security-sensitive interactions, from paying transit fares and opening car doors to verifying their identity in other ways.
Already, employees at Apple’s new campus in Cupertino, Calif., are using their iPhones to gain access to buildings and offices, suggesting that the technology has been deployed there, people familiar with the matter said…
Many Android phone makers, including Samsung and Google, already allow owners to access secure systems like HID using NFC. Apple sometimes lags behind Android in introducing features to its operating system.
My take: More and more lately, it seems.