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10:30  12 june  2019
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Core NFC is not available for use in app extensions, and it requires a device that supports Near Field Communication . To determine if support is available, check the readingAvailable class property before starting a reader session.

Beginning with iOS 13 , such capabilities will finally be available for iPhone users as well. It is now possible to read the RFID chips that are in e-passports and identity cards using iPhones .” Apple will also take the wraps off new iPhones in the fall, but the updated NFC functionality will be available for

iOS 13’s expanded NFC will support Japanese identity cards

One of the less heralded features in iOS 13 is its broader support for NFC functionality, which first came to the iPhone alongside Apple Pay in 2014 but hasn’t seen the same diversity of use cases as are commonplace on Android. iPhones running iOS 13 will be able to scan a wider variety of NFC tags, including those commonly found in official documentation, and one of the first examples will be Japan’s national identity cards.

The cards, confusingly called “My Number” in Japanese but “Individual Number Cards” in English, were introduced alongside a numerical ID system in 2015. All residents of Japan are issued a number on paper that’s used for various administrative purposes such as filing taxes, though it’s not mandatory to hold the card itself.

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NFC Passes were previously shown at WWDC16 but uptake has been slow and Apple seems eager to push them more aggressively with iOS 12. Contactless passes Wallet supports the value added service (VAS) protocol for transmitting data from supported passes to compatible NFC terminals.

The card contains an NFC tag that can be read by a new government-developed app in order to store personal information on the device. Certain Android phones already support this, but the overwhelming popularity of the iPhone in Japan and the broad adoption rates enjoyed by new versions of iOS mean that it’s likely to see a lot more take-up.

The news was confirmed by Masanori Kusunoki, the government’s executive advisor to the government’s CIO, in response to a report from Nikkei.

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