The news was confirmed to The Verge by an Apple spokesperson.
Following a report from Cult of Mac, Apple has confirmed to The Verge that its NFC chip in the iPhone 6 is restricted to Apple Pay, the company’s new mobile payments platform. That means pairing to Bluetooth speakers or exchanging contacts, URLs, and photos with a tap won’t work initially.
Notably, this could change with a future software update. Apple initially restricted TouchID with the launch of iOS 7; however, it has now opened it up to developers with iOS 8.