Is the iPhone Set to Replace Your House Keys?

As NFC technology is still being put to play across tech companies, your house keys are next in line to go hands free using Apple’s iPhone.

Apple is rumoured to be rolling out an update for their built in NFC chip next month, the same technology used for Apple Pay. According to The Information “Apple could pave the way for people to use iPhones for other security-sensitive interactions, from paying transit fares and opening car doors to verifying their identity in other ways.”

The NFC allows a device, usually a mobile phone, to capture information from a secondary device. Unlike Bluetooth, the two devices do not need to be paired in order to share and transfer data. Rather the NFC chip initiates a direct connection to the second device, by a simple touch. This technology is popular and still in use across major companies such as Nokia, Sony and Phillips.

The news on Apple working with security company HID Global to push forward the key and lock free integration, was discovered in a copy related to the anticipated release of iOS 12. The update is rumoured to be announced and demonstrated in this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), taking place on June 4.