With the release of iOS 11, developers will finally be able to build applications for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that are capable of reading NFC tags. Unfortunately, Apple didn't provide any details about whether they'll also be able to use NFC for device-to-device communication — but we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

So why is having the facility to read NFC tags useful? According to the Cupertino company, it will pave the way for a new generation of companion applications that are not only capable of giving users "information about products they find in a store," but also "exhibits they visit in a museum."

We expect 'iPhone-ready' NFC tags to hit the market

It's been a while since Apple has introduced support for a new communication protocol, so it's likely that accessory makers will jump on the bandwagon and release 'iPhone-ready' NFC tags that are identical to the regular tags you can pick up now, but cost twice as much.

Don't be fooled, folks.