Great news for Apple consumers and loyal users of the company's devices. The Cupertino-based company reportedly will open access its iPhone's NFC chip to run the latest iOS 11 software. The said chip is presently only being used by Apple Pay as a way of Apple's mobile payment solution. But now, it appears that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be the first two smartphone devices to support it.
Apple is a multination technology company that designs, develops and sells consumer hardware devices, computer software, and online services. For the past years, the company has been a resounding and established name in the consumer electronic industry due to its quality products and services being offered to the market.
Today, Apple continues to build its reputation by producing the best and latest devices and products. One of its upcoming product is the iOS 11 software that allegedly brings nasty surprises. Now, the Cupertino-based tech company plans to put together the latest software and iPhone's NFC chip to make it useful for their smartphone devices.
According to Engadget, iOS 11 could use the iPhone's NFC chip and Apple is willing to open its chip access for the software. With that, the iOS 11 Beta will now add support to the Core NFC for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and apparently, both devices can now read tags easily. And it won't be a surprise if the upcoming rumored iPhone 8 will also feature the said latest software.
Core NFC is known as a new framework that allows an app to read Near Field Communications (NFC) tags that are attuned with the NFC Data Exchange Format. Right now, the iPhone's Core NFC chip is worthless except for Apple in-house payment but with the latest iOS 11, it can read any tags and not limited only to Apple Pay tags.
9to5Mac further added that Apple move of opening up its access to the iPhone's NFC chip for iOS 11 will also give access to third-party app developers to the chip. As said earlier, Apple Pay is the only one that has the access to the near-field communications chip but that change right now.
However, Apple might prevent device pairing through NFC so that the uniqueness of its proprietary easy-pairing system will remain and avoid making conflicts in the process. Privacy will also be an issue once open access will be granted and that's why the Cupertino-based tech company are careful about permitting access on iPhone NFC chip.