Developers will be able to create applications for iOS 11 that can read NFC tags, opening the door to wireless information exchange between the iPhone and various connected devices.
Recall that at the moment the NFC-chip in the iPhone is strictly limited to the service of contactless payment for Apple Pay, as well as the Passbook application. However, the description of the new Core NFC framework on the Apple website for developers indicates the possibility of different usage scenarios in third-party applications. Currently, the framework allows third-party applications to work with NFC-tags compatible with the NDEF format (NFC Data Exchange Format), supported on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. A preliminary version of iOS 11 for developers has become available to iOS Developer Program participants since June 5, and a public beta will appear later in June. Release iOS 11 is scheduled for the fall of 2017 in the format of a free update software for the iPhone 5s and newer, all models iPad Air and iPad Pro, iPad 5-th generation, iPad mini and newer, and iPod touch 6-th generation.