Apple Says Letting Payment Apps Use iPhone’s NFC Chip Affects User Friendliness

Germany is the first country that requires Apple to unlock the iPhone NFC chip and allow other mobile payment apps to use it, basically providing customers with alternatives to Cupertino’s very own Apple Pay.

Banks have long been asking for access to the NFC chip in order for their mobile payment services to run on an iPhone, but until now Apple refused to do so, keeping Apple Pay the one and only payment system that iPhone buyers can use.

Things will change in Germany after the country voted an amendment to an anti-money laundering law that essentially requires companies to open up their electronic money infrastructure to rivals in exchange for certain fees.

Apple is one of these companies that will be required to unlock the NFC chip in the country, and unsurprisingly, the Cupertino-based tech giant isn’t by any means happy with the change.

Others could follow shortly

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