Apple Watch and iPhone will soon be able to read our NFC cards and tags

The iPhone addition that we've all been wishing for - but we didn't think it would ever happen!

At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on 5 June, Apple announced the addition of Core NFC, alongside the launch of iOS 11. The launch is expected with iOS 11, this autumn ('in the fall').

Apple stated that "Core NFC will allow iPhones to detect NFC tags and read messages that contain NDEF data. The added Core NFC, a new framework for reading Near Field Communications (NFC) tags and data in NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF)."

What does it mean?

Apple is finally opening up the iPhone NFC chip functionality with NFC Reader Mode. This change is set to open the doors to new NFC applications that have, so far, been available for Android phone users only.

How will it work?

iPhones will be able to read data from NFC tags that can be encoded with information (such as business cards details, a special targeted message or WiFi codes) or provide a link to a website or specific pages. You won't need to use QR codes anymore but simply utilise the NFC technology for all users and smart actives.

Will NFC function be added to all iPhones?

At the moment, Apple is talking about the iOS 11 release that will support iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The functionality is to be added to Apple Watch as well, for watchOS 4 release.

Are you interested in knowing more about the benefits?

Give us a call. We can walk you through this exciting change and the impact it could have on your future activities with us.

It's time to get smarter with NFC!

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