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Expanded NFC In iOS 13 Will Support Japanese Identity Cards

One of the less heralded functions in iOS 13 is its wider support for NFC feature, which first came to the iPhone in 2014 together with Apple Pay but has not seen the same variety of applications that are common in Android. iPhones operating on iOS 13 will be capable of scanning a broader series of NFC tags, comprising those usually seen in official papers, and one of the first instances will be national identity cards of Japan.

Dubbed as “Individual Number Cards” in English but confusingly “My Number” in Japanese, the cards were rolled out in 2015 alongside a numerical ID system. All people of Japan are issued a number on paper that is employed for different administrative reasons such as filing taxes, although it is not compulsory to hold the card itself.

The card has an NFC tag that can be read by a new government-designed application so as to store personal data on the machine. Specific Android handsets already support this, but the irresistible popularity of the iPhone in the nation and the broad acceptance rates enjoyed by new editions of iOS indicate that it is likely to see a lot more take-up. The news was verified by the executive advisor of the government to the CIO of the management, Masanori Kusunoki, in response to a media report.

On a related note, at the time of WWDC 2019 keynote by Apple the firm displayed a number of things. One of the disclosures was that tvOS 13 will be well-matched with Bluetooth-equipped Xbox One controllers and PlayStation 4—suitable for both Apple’s personal Arcade gaming pipelines and any others with cloud ambitions—but in case it is not clear, it also expands to iPhone and iPad. Once iOS 13 launches out, you will be capable of using these console devices easily with your handset, no workarounds required.

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