Apple to expand iPhone’s NFC functionality?

Apple to expand the iPhone’s NFC functionality?
NFC World
Apple could be set to expand the iPhone’s NFC chip reading capabilities to allow it to be used to read data stored in security chips like those used in passports, comments made by the UK government suggest. The UK Home Office has been in talks with Apple to find a way to extend availability of its EU Exit app, currently only available on Android phones, to make it possible for EU citizens living in the UK to also use an iPhone to register for Settled Status with the app.
(If only...  Apple will one day regret disabling full NFC functionality.  Ed.)