iPhones with NFC

In this write-up, I will be listing out all the iPhones with NFC and what they can do with it. NFC stands for Near Field Communication and one of its most used features is in mobile digital payments.

It allows you to use your smartphone to make secure contactless payments without your physical credit card or debit card when you take it near a compatible card reader.

But this is not the only thing it is used for. After the list of iPhones that have and can use NFC, I will explain in more detail what NFC is and how it works.

iPhones with NFC

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2022)
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14

What is NFC and How Does it Work?

As stated earlier, NFC is an acronym for Near-Field Communication. This is a wireless technology like Bluetooth and WiFi that you can find in many consumer electronics such as a smartphone and a computer. It works over Radio Frequency.

Just as the name clearly stated, it works when two devices are placed in close proximity to each other. Most people make sure that these two devices touch each other but they don’t necessarily have to be in contact with each other but must be very close.

There are numerous use cases for NFC, but the most used is in digital payment such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, etc.

In essence, instead of having to swipe your cards at retail stores or having to pay cash, all you have to do is place your phone close to their payment terminal and payment will be made in a fast and secure fashion. You can also use it to make payments for a product that has NFC chips embedded into it.

There are Active NFC devices and there are passive NFC devices. The active devices can read and write meaning they are capable of sending and receiving information or data while passive devices can only send data.

Active NFC devices can send or receive data to and from another Active device as well as to a Passive device while a Passive device can only send data to an Active device but can not connect to another passive device.

The reason for this is that Active devices have their power source while Passive devices do not have any power source.

Your iPhone is an example of an active NFC device. Others are public transport card readers and touch payment terminals. Passive NFC devices are mainly credit or debit cards and NFC tags.

NFC can also be used to transfer files, connect to external speakers, read information off of a product, etc.

I know what you are thinking, I can just use WiFi and Bluetooth for those. Well, yes you can but NFC is faster in the sense that there is no pairing or punching in your password or other hassles that comes with Bluetooth and WiFi.

All you have to do with NFC is place the devices close to each other and they will immediately start communicating with each other. Plus it is more secure.

Final Thought

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were the first Apple devices to use NFC and it was powering Apple Pay and that is all. Apple announced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and the use case is still for payment via Apple Pay.

It wasn’t until 3 years later (2017) when iOS 11 was introduced that iPhone 7 and later devices can read NFC and two more years (2019) when iOS 13 was announced before they can write NFC.

That’s all on iPhones with NFC. I hope you find it useful.

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