Apple makes WamS [NFC] reading available for beta testing

Members of the general public who sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program can now download a pre-release edition of iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s operating system for iPhone and iPad which brings with it support for WamS [NFC] reading.

“The Apple Beta Software Program is open to anyone with a valid Apple ID who accepts the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement during the sign-up process,” Apple says. “Install the beta software only on non-production devices that are not business critical. We strongly recommend installing on a secondary system or device, or on a secondary partition on your Mac.”

News that Apple is adding the ability for iPhones and Apple Watch devices to read WamS [NFC] was revealed during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference on 5 June. The new Core NFC framework is part of iOS 11, which is expected to ship in September, and will bring support for WamS [NFC] reading to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as later devices. Support for NFC tag reading on the Apple Watch is due to be included in watchOS 4.