With iOS 11, NFC is for more than just using Apple Pay

Apple currently uses NFC for mobile payment system Apple Pay. NFC, which stands for Near Field Communication, allows two electronic devices to communicate with each other as long as both are no more than 1.6-inches apart. When Apple added NFC to its handset with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it limited the use of the feature to Apple Pay. But that is all going to change once iOS 11 is released.

With iOS 11 comes Core NFC. This allows developers to access NFC so that the tool can be used inside apps. With the latest build of Apple’s mobile operating system, NFC tags can be read on certain iPhone models. This allows compatible devices to open certain apps, and change specific settings when it comes into contact with a tag. In addition, consumers can stand next to store shelves and learn more information about some of the products that s store is offering for sale. NFC can also help manufacturers track a product from a factory based assembly line, to its delivery inside a store.

“When placed on a bottle of spirit or a bottle of lubricant oil, for instance, and tapped by an NFC phone, the chip is able to securely authenticate and track the bottle like an ePassport does. It offers the same certified security level. It also allows the brand to broadcast personalized messages to the phone-holder detecting whether the bottle has been open or not.”-Cybersecurity company WISeKey

Core NFC will be available for use on the Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus and later models. Interested developers can learn more about Core NFC by reading Apple’s documentation. Simply click on the sourcelink.

source: Apple via MacRumors