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Australia Post Digital iD Taps Into NFC On iPhones

Australia Post is finally supporting near-field communications (NFC) capabilities for iPhone users of its Digital iD app, following the launch of Apple’s new iOS 13 operating system. Similar capabilities have been available to Android users for the past year.

An update to the app on Friday now allows iPhone users to complete the full Digital iD process needed to create a digital photo identity, without needing to visit an AusPost shopfront.

Using the NFC reader in one of the last four generations of iPhones (iPhone 7 and up), users with iOS 13 can scan their ePassport to finalise the identity verification process in Digital iD in just minutes.

The update has been made possible with the launch of iOS 13 on Friday, allowing the NFC reader on iPhones to scan a wider range of smartcards and tags, including NFC-enabled passports.

Until now, NFC on iPhones has largely been limited to contactless payment processing through Apple Pay.

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