Apple likely to expand NFC capabilities beyond Apple Pay with iOS 11

Apple's next iPhone, set to come out later this year, is expected to feature a wide range of new capabilities, thanks to a update coming to the iOS mobile operating system.

Unfortunately, when this feature hit the mainstream with Windows 10, it received such severe backlash that Microsoft was forced to remove it from all future updates of Windows and disable the servers.

If you are now using the iOS 11 beta, you can find the Offload Unused Apps feature by opening the Settings app, and tapping on General.

The new feature will reportedly work by detecting when your phone is connected to a auto - using either a cable or Bluetooth -, whether its owner is in a moving vehicle, and subsequently block any notifications that come through from texts, updates, Tinder messages and gaming applications.

The iPhone 5S and newer devices will receive the upgrade but some older apps will no longer work afterwards.

Apple is no stranger to deleting thousands of apps, as it routinely deletes over 10,000 apps per month and launched a November purge which removed over 47,000 apps.

And, as noted by this savvy redditor iOS 11 now supports FLAC playback.

As of today, NFC chips are exclusively used on the iPhone to transmit payment requests between a mobile device and a card reader. Once enabled, it will automatically remove apps if the iPhone or iPad is running out of storage space. A request comes up on your device, and if you accept, the password will be sent over the air to the new phone.

It will also show you the speed limit in an area you're driving through and tell you what lane to get into before you make a turn.

For starters, you'll need to have at least one device with iOS 11 installed that is already connected to the wireless network. The iPad Pro's keyboard isn't as good as the one on a normal laptop, and it's now up to developers to build compelling apps that take advantage of all the new iOS 11 features and give people a better reason to ditch their laptop for an iPad.

Those who have been using iOS devices would know that the dock appears only on home screen.

You can now see a list of which apps need attention, split into lists of those with updates available and those without, so now it's time to fix them.

There's no need to laboriously open each app to discover which will definitively be incompatible with the next version of iOS, though.

  • Zachary Reyes