EU antitrust regulators poised to charge Apple over its NFC chip tech

EU antitrust regulators are set to charge Apple with anti-competitive practices related to its Near Field Communication (NFC) chip technology, Reuters reports Wednesday, citing “people familiar with the matter.”

EU antitrust regulators poised to charge Apple over its NFC chip tech

Near Field Communication (NFC) enables devices within a few centimeters of each other to exchange information wirelessly. iOS apps running on supported devices can use NFC scanning to read data from electronic tags attached to real-world objects. For example, a user can scan a toy to connect it with a video game, a shopper can scan an in-store sign to access coupons, or a retail employee can scan products to track inventory.

Reuters:

The European Commission opened an investigation into Apple Pay, its proprietary mobile payment solution on iPhones and iPads, in June last year.

The EU competition enforcer is now drafting a so-called statement of objections setting out its concerns which is expected to be sent to Apple next year, the sources said.

MacDailyNews Take: Mostly likely, this could affect what happens when an iPhone or Apple Watch is brought near an NFC reader where, currently, the Apple Pay and Apple Wallet interface automatically appears. Now, Apple may need to add a setting to allow to users to set this to allow third party contactless payment systems instead.

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8 Comments

  1. Regulators: Unelected Bureaucrats with nearly endless powers, that tell businesses what to do, sue them or fax them, end up costing businesses profitability, direction and jobs.

    Wanna have other solutions? They’re called Android options and there are dozens and dozens of them. People can choose to actually buy them instead of iPhones. If consumers want to buy a phone or you can download a different contactless payment system from who knows who and how secure or not, but an Android phone.

    If Apple is so restrictive let the company box itself into a corner and they will fail.

    Evidently regulators think they are designers. “Must have 3rd party options. Must have USB-C or else!”

    Thanks for designing our products for us, you Socialist power hungry monsters.

    1. Regulators are appointed by elected officials if they are not themselves elected. They answer to their citizenry.

      Companies report to their shareholders.

      See the difference? I’ll assume maybe.

        1. Insufficiently regulated? What would you say is the reason the world standardized on such a blatantly inferior OS? Why did such disasters as Windows ME and Vista not result in many people switching to Linux, MacOS or anything else?

          The point is that free markets have limits, and sometimes governments need to intervene. Blind cynicism is worse then blind obedience.

          1. Windows won because it was broadly available and played better with others. Your home computer and work/school computer ran the same stuff.

            This led to economies of scale. The anti-trust stuff came later.
            Apple chose a different path.

          2. You have no idea what you are talking about.

            I’ll second what Nick wrote: “unregulated free markets” do NOT EXIST. Boogeyman Leftist BS there are regulations everywhere and too often government steps in and overreaches common sense regulations because some lobbyist paid off government officials for their own special interests.

            “What would you say is the reason the world standardized on such a blatantly inferior OS? Why did such disasters as Windows ME and Vista not result in many people switching to Linux, MacOS or anything else?”

            The answer is so simple and understandably not so for a far leftist who does not understand capitalism. You confuse consumer freedom of choice with the wild, wild UNREGULATED West that again, does not exist.

            Most people chose inferior Windows over Apple, most people chose Android over iOS, most people chose hamburgers over steak. Whatever the many reasons what you don’t understand is CHOICE. Absolutely nothing to do with regulations, or lack thereof.

            “Blind cynicism is worse then blind obedience.”

            Struggling to act smart buried in a juvenile lecture, got it. NO, wrong again. Cynicism is not BLIND it is actually most insightful borne of experience. Blind obedience is what Leftists practice everyday…

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