One of the critical technologies that continue to empower Apple Pay is near-field communication or NFC. It is also a helpful feature for other critical productivity apps in iOS, and it is now supported by the latest upgrade of the operating system. The new iOS 13 is already capable of working with NFC, and together, they could further enhance the quality of your smart home and your experience in automating certain aspects of your residence. This way, NFC continues to go beyond providing convenient contactless, cashless payments for a wide array of applications.
Prior to iOS 13, iPhone apps were only able to read custom NFC tags. Now, they can write directly to a blank tag and interact with the tags using native protocols. This development is significant in introducing new possibilities for app developers, such as the creation of secure apps for reading passports, and for contactless smart cards. Likewise, it may enable interaction with hardware that is enabled with NFC, particularly IoT (Internet of Things) devices that are interconnected in the smart home.
iOS 13 is compatible for iPhone 7 or higher models. Once installed, it will allow your phone to read many different contactless tags and smartcards, such as NFC-enabled smart home devices. Using the new feature, iPhone apps can start writing NDEF information, like text and URLs, while having native tag access to NFC chips. This way, several NFC applications are not just limited to Android phones. iPhone users can already use NFC for access control and home automation.
Before you start using NFC and iOS 13 to control your home, be sure to know the requirements for every model of iPhone. For instance, if you are using iPhone 7 to iPhone X, you will need a dedicated application for reading tags. No specific application is required if you are using iPhone XR to XX’s. All phones from iPhone 7 to Xs will require tags with an NDEF message.