By introducing Near Field Communication in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, for the first time in smartphone history, Apple made mobile payments a much more commercialized platform, after earlier unsuccessful attempts by other companies. The market response to Apple Pay has been mixed however, with several retailers accepting the platform with open arms and other deciding to not enable the service at their outlets.
According to a new report which has surfaced, looks like folks over at Cupertino are sensitive to the mixed retailer response to their service and are therefore reportedly looking to expand the capabilities of the NFC chip found on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. According to The Information, who also reported correctly about mobile payments on the iPhone, Apple is in talks with several companies to enable more services through the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus' NFC chip.
According to The Information, Apple is reportedly in talks with companies such as Cubic and HID Global. These companies are involved in areas such as transit and secure keycard access to buildings. According to The Information:
"The Apple representatives have talked to technology providers like HID Global and Cubic, which enable secure access to buildings and transit fare systems, respectively, said people briefed on the discussions. Spokespeople for the companies declined to comment about any discussions with Apple, but executives there discussed how they could integrate their systems with the iPhone."
If these rumors hold any weight, then pretty soon iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users could see their functionality greatly expanded. And not to mention the added ease of using secure building access platforms and payment of transit fees. Still, these reports are still in their initial stages and our advice to you would be to wait for more updates before you get your hopes up. We'll keep you updated as this develops.