During the presentation of the iPhone XS and XR, Apple talked a lot about the performance gains and improvements that affected the camera. The NFC sensor received very little attention.
But, as it turned out, it was very in vain. The real killer feature of the NFC wireless chip is working with a fully discharged battery.
In the explanatory document posted on the official Apple website, there are really important lines for users of new smartphones:
Even when your The iPhone is disconnected and needs to be recharged, you can still use NFC to read attached cards.
Actually this change is for paying for public transport using pre-attached cards. In Russia, a similar option will work in the Moscow metro, in Novosibirsk and St. Petersburg. But do not confuse NFC in such a passive mode with Apple Pay.
That is, even a fully discharged iPhone can come in handy for contactless authorization in the subway. Perhaps this is really “One more thing”, which Apple did not say at the presentation. [CultofMac]