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UK government wants Apple to open up iPhone NFC chip to let EU citizens scan passports electronically

4 monthes ago   |   By 9to5Mac

The UK government is set to launch an app that will help EU citizens apply for residency in the UK post-Brexit. The process involves filling out a short form, taking a selfie, and scanning the chip inside their passport using their phone's NFC reader.
The problem is Apple does not give developers full access to the NFC chip inside iPhones. NFC reading APIs only support the NDEF data format. The government's plan is simply not possible with iOS as it stands today.
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