By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 08/13/2015
Apple has gone its own way on numerous technologies, such as its Lightning and MagSafe connectors. But lately it looks like the company is embracing universal standards for some technologies. The new MacBook uses USB-C and the Apple Watch charger looks to be compatible with the Qi standard. One area where Apple had not adopted a third-party standard is Near Field Communication. NFC is what allows Apple Pay to work when a user brings an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus or an Apple Watch close to an Apple Pay terminal. But Android users have had NFC for years and been able to use it with a lot more devices. For example, instead of figuring out how to pair a speaker using Bluetooth, an Android user could just tap the speaker with their NFC-enabled smartphone.