iPhone Xs and iPhone XR can read NFC tags without having to launch an app
One feature went by almost unnoticed with the newest iPhones.
iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR include a new feature for NFC that Apple didn’t mention on stage when they introduced their newest devices. The new models will be able to scan NFC tags in the background. With current iPhones, users must first launch an app to enable NFC Reader mode. This app (only) needed to run in the background.
iPhone Xs and iPhone XR require no such preamble, the user can simply walk up to a compatible NFC tag, wake the iPhone screen, and scan it.
If detected, the NFC scan will trigger a notification to appear on the lock screen of the iPhone Xs or iPhone XR. The user can then tap the alert and launch the app into the foreground, passed the context of the NFC tags.
This is a feature that has long been around on most Android smartphones. But now that Apple is opening up their NFC support it is sure to boost NFC usage. Especially in the United States where iOS has a market share of over 60%.
And with iOS 13 around the corner we can expect the NFC capabilities of the iPhone to improve even further. So Apple revealed in their latest Keynote.