Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
54,621
16,768



Apple at WWDC 2017 last month introduced Core NFC, a new iOS 11 framework that enables apps to detect Near Field Communication tags.

iOS-11-Core-NFC-duo.jpg

Similar to Apple Pay, iPhone users are prompted with a "Ready to Scan" dialog box. After holding the iPhone near an item with an NFC tag, a checkmark displays on screen if a product is detected. An app with Core NFC could then provide users with information about that product contained within the tag.

A customer shopping at a grocery store could hold an iPhone near a box of crackers, for example, and receive detailed information about their nutritional values, price history, recipe ideas, and so forth. Or, at a museum, a visitor could hold an iPhone near an exhibit to receive detailed information about it.

Core NFC will expand the iPhone's NFC chip capabilities beyond simply Apple Pay in several other ways.

anti-counterfeiting-ios-11.jpg
A bottle of wine with an NFC tag similar to CapSeal

Cybersecurity company WISeKey, for example, today announced that its CapSeal smart tag will now support iPhone thanks to Core NFC. CapSeal smart tags are primarily used for authentication, tracking, and anti-counterfeiting on products like wine bottles. Many other companies offer similar solutions.
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.
Core NFC is currently supported by the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the framework is read-only for NFC tags of types 1 through 5 that contain data in the NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF).

Developers interested in learning more can read Apple's documentation or watch the Introducing Core NFC session from WWDC 2017.

Article Link: iOS 11 Will Expand Your iPhone's NFC Capabilities Beyond Apple Pay in Several Ways
 

OldSchoolMacGuy

Suspended
Jul 10, 2008
4,197
9,050
Should be cool when paired with beacons in stores.

Key the complaints about not having fully open NFC and only being supported on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
 

Sunny1990

Suspended
Feb 13, 2015
1,660
5,196
Apple is late to the party but finally they can bring a ton of goodies with this.its Good iOS 11 will allow greater access to NFC. Now we can put that NFC to other uses.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: I7guy

Franjelisco

macrumors member
Jul 10, 2011
30
86
Does that mean that banks could use the NFC to pay for stuff contactlessly, just like Android?
 

TheRealTVGuy

macrumors 6502a
Jul 21, 2010
687
1,106
Orlando, FL
It's not enough to READ NFC, I want my Apple Watch's NFC chip to be able to lock/unlock doors and eventually unlock and start my vehicle. Basically my goal is to have an Apple watch with full Cellular and NFC capability, Air Pods, an Apple Watch app for my driver's license and nothing else. No keys, no wallet, no phone, JUST the watch and Air Pods.

Welcome to the future. No more bulky pockets full of crap.
 

bigchrisfgb

macrumors 65816
Jan 24, 2010
1,366
494
Think this will largely be used by stores for loyalty cards. We heard about similar uses to learn info with QR codes, and Bluetooth, neither really took off.
 

powaking

macrumors 6502
Jul 3, 2008
450
168
Dave & Busters now use NFC, wonder if they will be able to use a virtual card with NFC tagging instead of the physical card.
 
  • Like
Reactions: H3LL5P4WN

Ivan0310

macrumors member
Mar 1, 2011
96
72
Dallas, TX
Does that mean that banks could use the NFC to pay for stuff contactlessly, just like Android?
If you're talking about opening the door for other NFC based mobile payment platforms on iOS, the answer will most likely be a hard no. Apple doesn't tend to allow competing services like that to circumvent or reproduce core elements of the iOS or iPhone experience.
 
Last edited:

Superhappytree

macrumors 6502a
Sep 10, 2015
902
2,931
Cumbria
As much as I'm disappointed regarding Apple's software as of late, I trust them when it comes to this kind of stuff. If Touch ID is anything to go by then I have full confidence in them. I mean every single worry we've been discussing has probably been thought through many times, they have thousands of smart people probably working on it, much smarter than you and me.
 
  • Like
Reactions: tooloud10

Mascots

macrumors 68000
Sep 5, 2009
1,633
1,360
I really want to hear about how Apple is securing this. NFC is convenient and all, but one of the reasons I like it on iPhone vs Android is that it literally only works when Apple says it should.

NFC reading is essentially boxed within an apps walls; Apple Pay and other Apple related services are really the only things that will be able to use it passively.

I am happy to see them finally open up NFC usage; it'll be excited for a lot of people who have been awaiting it.
 

itsmilo

Suspended
Sep 15, 2016
3,985
8,725
Berlin, Germany
Really interested to see how far this goes. I use my phone quite often to pull photos from my camera while doing shoots. Using NFC to assist in pairing for such actions is one of the few features I miss from my Android devices.

Dont think it will work. Seems to be read only
 

jacjustjac

macrumors regular
Feb 12, 2008
235
344
New York, NY
It's not enough to READ NFC, I want my Apple Watch's NFC chip to be able to lock/unlock doors and eventually unlock and start my vehicle. Basically my goal is to have an Apple watch with full Cellular and NFC capability, Air Pods, an Apple Watch app for my driver's license and nothing else. No keys, no wallet, no phone, JUST the watch and Air Pods.

Welcome to the future. No more bulky pockets full of crap.

In your future, do the AirPods still charge in a case? Because you'll have to carry THAT around. And I supposed you'll need somewhere to put them when you're driving, unless in your future we already don't have to drive.

Just messing with you, I too would like to not have to carry keys and a wallet around.
 

Hirakata

macrumors 6502
Mar 17, 2011
313
399
Burbank, CA
I hope this gets more vendors to board the Apple Pay train. Personally, I can't wait for Apple Pay to be accepted everywhere. After having to replace my credit card twice(!) this year because of fraud, I'm tired of having to constantly stop at an ATM to withdraw cash. (First world problems...:rolleyes:)
 

tzm41

macrumors 6502
Jul 11, 2014
327
948
Boston
It's not enough to READ NFC, I want my Apple Watch's NFC chip to be able to lock/unlock doors and eventually unlock and start my vehicle. Basically my goal is to have an Apple watch with full Cellular and NFC capability, Air Pods, an Apple Watch app for my driver's license and nothing else. No keys, no wallet, no phone, JUST the watch and Air Pods.

Welcome to the future. No more bulky pockets full of crap.

Wonder which comes first, the power of a current state smartphone packed into a smart watch, or autopilot fleets taking over a lot of the private vehicle market.
 

Shawn Parr

macrumors regular
Oct 31, 2008
191
97
So there is a huge caveat here, especially compared to other phone's NFC implementation. According to the WWDC video in order for 3rd party developers to use CoreNFC, their app has to be open and in the foreground. IIR, the user also has to initiate the process.

So in reality to use this you have to open the app, tap a button to start the NFC scan, then tap on the tag.

I know a lot of people are going to say that this is ridiculous, or that it sucks, and it does. However hopefully this is just a first release issue and future iOS updates will make it more useful. Much like eventually background APIs were made available for apps, or some of the updates to HomeKit that make it more useful.
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.