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

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.


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

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33 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1779; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

They need to start putting nfc chips in these women with implants everywhere so we can scan and see what's real, fake, how long it's been in etc...

2. maherk

Posts: 6522; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You don't need an NFC chip for that, as I'm sure it's extremely easy for the majority of men to tell what's fake and what isn't.

5. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Yea not for the majority of keyboard warriors using this site lmao... Pro tip, boys. If she’s laying on her back and they’re staying still like some jello cake and ain’t moving to the sides of her body, chances are she visited Dr 90210

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30481; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Easy peezy lemon squeezy

20. sissy246

Posts: 6826; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO....

24. Leo_MC

Posts: 5881; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You must have not seen high quality boob jobs.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 6585; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I guess the patent ran out. So now Apple can use NFC for more than just payments. Maybe they should put NFC tags in everything, including women, men, children, and pets. Nothing like tracking Everything.

23. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

What patent prevented Apple from using NFC?

19. sissy246

Posts: 6826; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Come on, you can't tell fake from real, lol If they look like they have a balloon in them they are fake, lol

32. audibot

Posts: 570; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

also know in the world as nfc stickers and nfc tags they have been used in the the world for 4 years now i rememeber the simon account for there malls installing and programming mall directories so people could tag it and have the directory on the phone

33. gavilan355

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Wait a minute!! is this the comment section of Phone Arena, or is this a reddit thread??

4. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5465; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I wonder if they would allow bank apps to use the NFC chip for NFC payments. Although I seriously doubt Apple would allow that.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Now we can transfer files by touching phones....lol The things we werw doing with the Galaxy S3.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

That was being done a year before the Galaxy S3 with the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and the BlackBerry Curve 9350. Just sayin'.

13. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Good thing I to have to walk around the room touching phones with eachother to send files. AirDrop is great.

28. buccob

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You really have no clue how convenient NFC is for accessory pairing, automation, and yes sending files without additional input... I really hate when I want to receive a picture from some friend's iPhone and there is no data service.... Airdrop works between iOS... Bluetooth file transfer works between any other device including feature phones.... This restriction is extremely stupid

29. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

I do. Just because I mention iPhone doesn’t mean I’ve never had an Android phone before. You people are delusional and inept of reality..

16. sgodsell

Posts: 6585; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Galaxy S2 had NFC as well. Not to mention the Nexus S in 2010 had NFC as well as a number of other smartphones.

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 5881; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You do know that iP has had ways to transfer files without the need to touch the phones long before S3, right?

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome that Apple is opening up NFC on their iOS devices for more use, but I'd like to see them add file transfers via NFC as well. And they should at least implement it in the new iPads.

9. airoid

Posts: 121; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

Nobody use NFC gimmicky haha

10. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

But after Apple announced it, a lot of people will use it. Because it's Apple! (sarcastic)

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 5881; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

No, they wont just like nobody cares about IR (which is what NFC actually is).

14. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

It's true. I remembered when Samsung and other Android phone came out with NFC, all the queers like thats gimicky lol.

11. hpspectrex360

Posts: 56; Member since: May 10, 2017

I've known about NFC since forever and have it on my Galaxy S6. Never used it once. However, if Apple can implement it for something truly useful (besides mobile payment), that is worth something.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 6585; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The first NFC smartphones arrived back in 2009. You can use NFC to setup certain things on a Android smartphone. For instance if you have an NFC tag near your bed, then that tag could enable night mode, turn off Bluetooth, and LTE. Put a tag in the car to enable car mode. There is lots of things you can do with tags. Depending on the type of tag, they can hold lots of data as well.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 5881; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You know that all you're saying can be done automatically for years now, without the need to touch tags?

30. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Too bad NFC isn’t popular in the US.

15. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Nice, iPhones are finally gaining the capacity to utilize some of the non-payment functions of NFC that's been in dumb phones for decades...

18. palmguy

Posts: 949; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I remember using my 2013 Moto X with tags(little round plastic dots) that I would set my alarm & start my music when I placed my phone on them. Watch Apple do it; magical.

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