Apple’s latest iPhones bring frictionless NFC tag reading

iOS 12 allows users to read NFC tags without an app using background tag reading on iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr.

Apple disclosed on Sep 12th, 2018 that its new iPhone models Xs, Xs Max and Xr running on iOS 12 now allow reading of NFC tags without having to manually open the target app first. This latest update to Core NFC in iOS 12 including the so-called background tag reading feature enhances the user experience of NFC-enabled, real-world objects by speeding up interaction times, by improving handling methods and by enabling new use cases on the newest iPhones.

All NXP NFC tagging chips are fully compatible with the new iOS 12 functionality as well as with NFC functionality on iPhones 7 and up. As the world’s leading NFC supplier, NXP delivers the broadest range of NFC tagging ICs with full support across iOS and Android platforms including advanced tag tamper, security, sensing and logging capabilities. Cross platform interoperability of NXP’s chips is safeguarded through successful NFC Forum certification of NFC tagging ICs and reader ICs. An update of the NXP iOS 11 Toolkit for NFC will be available soon to fully benefit from iOS 12 and the latest phone models.

More information about Apple’s new Core NFC functionality can be found on

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