The European Union is likely to accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior over the iPhone’s NFC chip
It is said that the European Union officials believe that Apple, by promoting the Apple Pay service and preventing similar financial services from accessing the NFC chip iPhones has unfairly monopolized the payment system for iPhones.
News about EU complaint From Apple, focusing on access to the NFC chip in the iPhone, it was first published in October 2021 (October and November 1400). The reason for the European Union’s emphasis on NFC access is that the mentioned chip is used for mobile payments.
Currently, only the Apple Pay service can use the iPhone’s NFC chip for contactless payments in stores. . Thanks to NFC and Apple Pay, iPhone users can hold their phone near the payment terminal in some stores to make a contactless transaction. . Native NFC modes are not provided to various developers, and other NFC-based operations often require the user to keep the application in the background. Since the release of iOS 12, a number of different applications have access to some NFC capabilities in the foreground, but their level of access is such that they cannot provide an experience like Apple Pay.
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Apple As previously mentioned, limiting full access to the NFC chip has been done with the aim of protecting users against possible abuses or preventing the violation of their privacy. He has previously filed formal charges against Apple over the App Store’s policies towards music streaming services. The commission says that Apple has given unfair advantages to the Apple Music service and does not offer these advantages to competitors such as Spotify.
In addition to the investigation focused on the NFC chip, the European Union is conducting another investigation aimed at investigating Apple’s policies towards mobile games. This law will likely force Apple to backtrack on its traditional policies and finally bring sideloading apps to iOS.