“Apple adding support for Near Field Communication (NFC) tags in iOS 11 means that all iPhone 7 and newer will be able to read NFC tags just like Android,” Dennis Sellers writes for Apple World Today.

Sellers writes, “This is the moment many have been waiting for and signals a fundamental change in the industry and for consumers, according to Paula Hunter, executive director of the NFC Forum.”

Think explosion in Internet-of-things, retail, public transport, automotive smartphone use cases for consumers. — Paula Hunter

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“NFC could open up more ways for iOS apps to communicate with connected devices and iPhones could also replace NFC-based keycards or transit passes like London’s Oyster card and the Bay Area’s Clipper card,” Andrew Dalton writes for Engadget. “In theory, Core NFC could also enable functions like tap-to-pair Bluetooth speakers — something Android users have been enjoying for awhile now — but it’s possible Apple could block such features to keep the ‘magic’ pairing experience limited to AirPods and other devices with its proprietary W1 chip.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We expect that Apple thought long and hard about how to maintain users’ privacy with the addition of NFC tag support in iOS.