On the path to achieving standards in Europe, Apple has already succumbed to the NFC connection. An attempt is also now being made to make the iMessage service compatible with other messaging platforms. Little by little, we have been seeing how iPhones have gradually opened their ecosystem, so that they are no longer isolated from the rest of the devices and ecosystems. Now the focus is on one of the most important physical characteristics of Apple phones, and in this article we will let you know what the next step that Californians could take in Europe.
The iPhone’s NFC chip is one of the most important components, since one of the most widespread uses is the Apple Pay payment platform. What arrived with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as a complementary service has become “their daily bread.” And now, this NFC system could open up to be a new standard payment system, not just for Apple Pay.
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In order to establish standard systems, the different regulatory bodies of the European Union want Apple to convert its iPhone NFC system into an open payment platform, which is capable of hosting other systems such as Google Pay. In a statement released by the Reuters news agency, “it is becoming difficult for competing services to be developed on Apple devices.”
In the field of competition from other companies and services that want or are trying to gain a foothold within the Apple ecosystem, the App Store has also been a major focus of criticism. On the one hand, for the commissions that the Californian company pockets for the simple fact of being the showcase that shows all the content. On the other hand, competition from other stores that, currently and due to restrictive policies, cannot be within iOS or iPadOS.
“It is likely that the European Commission will ask for feedback next month from competitors and consumers, before deciding,” they explain. Furthermore, they add that all this has been known thanks to a person who, from within the organization, has made this information known. Likewise, they explain that “Apple was not immediately available to comment or what happened.”
At the moment, it is a field in full exploration, without any firm decision. However, from the same Reuters agency they explain that “the Commission hopes to have a decision that includes a fine and a requirement for this practice to stop.” And what practice is being referred to? In addition to the NFC chip and Apple Pay issue, “Apple is facing a second charge in which it is preventing Spotify and other music streaming companies from informing users about other purchasing options outside of its App Store, in a case that “It dates back to 2020.”
Thus, right now Apple has two new open fronts with the European Commission on competition matters. It is preceded by the USB type C connection, the standard messaging system and the support of other competing stores.