Apple’s Upcoming iOS 12 Could Power iPhones With The Ability To Unlock Doors

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Apple will be revealing its latest iOS 12 at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on 4 June, together with other potential product unveilings.

According to The Information, Apple has been working with HID Global, which specializes in security systems, to introduce near-field communication (NFC) capabilities to the iOS 12. This addition to the operating system could allow iPhones to act as key replacements, thereby opening locked doors through a contactless system.

The NFC chip, mainly used for Apple Pay at present, will work even when the phone is locked, which means users can simply tap for access, without the need to open any app.

It’s currently possible for users to unlock smart doors through Bluetooth, but this requires the app to be opened on an unlocked phone. This defeats the purpose of using the phone to unlock doors as conveniently as possible. NFC is also said to be more a more reliable security option compared to Bluetooth.

Apple is already testing the system on its campus, where employees can use this feature to unlock certain doors.

The Cupertino-based tech giant also hopes to use NFC technology to replace transport cards. Together with transit card maker Cubic, Apple wishes to double its iPhone as a transit card for people around the globe. Though users in some countries such as London and Japan can already pay through Apple’s mobile payment solution, the brand wants to further its usage in other parts of the world.

More information will be made available on 4 June, so stay tuned.

[via Engadget, opening image via Shutterstock]


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