That’s not a surprising thing that Apple has effectively locked down the NFC chip in its iPhone lineup. But the majority of people around the globe aren’t happy about that.
Big Shock For Apple:
Some people are in Germany passed a law that will actually force Apple to open up its NFC chip in the iPhone. So that third-party mobile wallet apps can use it (via Reuters). The German parliamentary committee actually made the decision on Wednesday night of this week, which was a surprise to Apple, too.
A German parliamentary committee unexpectedly voted in a late-night session on Wednesday. In this session, they force the tech giant to open up Apple Pay to rival providers in Germany.
This came in the form of a modification to an anti-money laundering law.
For what it’s worth, this decision is not meant to go after Apple only but does include the company. The bill covers all “operators of electronic money infrastructure”. Not only this but also states that companies like Apple must allow access of third-party “rivals” for a “reasonable fee”.
Hands up if you’re shocked that Apple is not happy about this decision. Here’s the company’s statement on the matter:
We are surprised at how suddenly this codification was introduced,” Apple said on Friday. “We fear that the draft law could be harmful to user-friendliness, data protection and the security of financial information.
This behavior has been a hot topic in the European Union for a while now. With some focus on that being applied to Apple and, more specifically, the company’s mobile payment option, Apple Pay. Germany’s decision could expand to other regions within the EU in the near future.
The push back against Apple’s strategy with the NFC chip in the iPhone is not new. The big three banks in Australia have been railing against this strategy for years. And Apple has repeatedly touted personal security for its end users as a primary reason why it continues to keep the NFC chip locked down.
Initially Apple Block Complete Access:
However, it is worth noting that while Apple did initially block complete access from anyone. With the rollout of iOS 11, Apple opened up access, while in a limited capacity, to some third-party companies to use the NFC chip in the iPhone.
Unfortunately, Apple still doesn’t allow third-party mobile wallet apps from using it. But if this pressure from Germany, expands to other countries, it will be interesting to see how Apple responds moving forward.
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