Just after I mentioned Apple's wall garden, I managed to hammer my head straight into it.
So it turns out that iphone 6 (IOS 8) supports NFC, well sort of.
With that typical Apple 'stuff you' attitude, they only allow NFC usage for Apple Pay.
I really have to ask why people buy Apple devices, it must be the nice Apple boxes they come in.
So in the meantime 'stuff you Apple'.