Apple could make NFC on iPhones more useful at WWDC: Report

iPhone NFC

Apple has a lot in store for the WWDC event that is slated to kick off on June 3 and one of the items from the store would be a major upgrade to the NFC support. According to 9to5Mac and Steve Troughton Smith, the details of the developer-friendly update that will be unveiled in early June include NFC upgrades for the iPhones. App developers will be enabled to have the option to read NFC tags based on ISO 7816 (usually ID and access cards), FeliCa (Japan’s tap-based system) and MiFare (a popular mass transit format). To put things simply, the NFC upgrade would allow users to get into their office or hop aboard a bus in many cities using their iPhones.

This may also establish the groundwork for Apple’s rumored Tile-like tracking tag, although there is nothing linked to the trackers in the leak.

There would be more developer-focused additions during the WWDC. Siri would be upgraded to support a lot of new functionality for third-party apps, such as media controls, search, voice calling, and travel information. There has also been information about a “brand new” framework for augmented reality, including an app that allows for the AR experience to be created visually instead of through raw code. Developers could make better use of the Taptic engine in the newer Apple devices, while Marzipan (Apple’s iOS-to-Mac app framework) would enable developers to use Mac-specific features like the menu bar and multiple windows.

Among the list of developments that are expected to be launched at WWDc 2019, iOS 13 is going to be a showstopper. The new iOS version is expected to bring the system-wide dark mode –as seen on macOS Mojave 10.14. Apple was also reported to have some AirPower specific features that the company could implement into iOS 13. Moreover, the new iOS build is speculated to bring a new experience for iPad users and a list of improvements to the file system management.

Apple is also expected to release the macOS 10.15 as the new macOS at WWDC. Moreover, the company might bring watchOS 6 and tvOS 13 at the conference.

The iPhone maker is also reported to unify the experience on iOS and macOS. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple had an ultimate goal to bring a multistep initiative, codenamed “Marzipan”, that is planned for 2021 to help developers build apps that can work on iOS as well as macOS without any additional effort.

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