iOS 13 Will Finally Support NFC ID Scanning

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By Sam Gazeley | 2Q 2019 | IN-5530

Japan and Germany Leading the Way

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The interior ministry of Germany has announced that Apple's update to its smartphone operating system, iOS 13, will allow iPhone users to scan National ID cards, residence permits, and biometric passports onto their smartphones. Likely coming in September, iOS 13 will provide a mobile companion to physical documents for German citizens by supporting the German government’s AusweisApp2. This functionality will also be available to citizens in Japan. Outside of Germany and Japan, the U.K. government’s Near-Field Communications (NFC) passport reader app, ReadID, will also work on the iPhone as a result of the iOS 13 update. This means that the iPhone (and smartphones in general) may begin to play a larger role in citizen identity and other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) may choose to follow suit.

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