Apple iOS Core NFC

Hello World!  NFC just had this moment on the iOS operating system.  You can mark Monday, June 5, 2017 as this moment.  

This moves NFC along the way to becoming ubiquitous interaction technology in our homes, workplaces, shopping centers, and with people and things.

Apple quietly announced the Core NFC Framework in the developer tool documentation.

The Core NFC Framework adds Tag Reader capability to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices.  This feature enables an iPhone to surface an NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF) message from an NFC tag or device that responds to this I/O request.

Apple has supported the NFC protocol with the introduction of Apple Pay for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, launched on September 19, 2014.  Apple Pay employs NFC Card Emulation standard to interact with payment terminals, vending machines, ticketing terminals and more to exchange secure EMVco Credit Card transaction data.

Nfc Ideas has been committed to the Apple ecosystem for a long-time using peripheral devices to engage NFC Tags and Devices.  This has enabled Apple enthusiasts to leverage their favorite hardware to experiment and build compelling user experiences using this technology.

Now, an external device is no longer needed to engage NFC tags and devices on the Apple iPhone platform.  Overnight, this opens up the potential for NFC application to 100s of millions of new users.

Nfc Ideas is busy working to help on this mission.  Just now, the Nfc Ideas iOS app has been updated to leverage the new capability to engage the Core NFC Framework to read tags.  WOW, when the first read occurred this was a dream come true.

Below are a couple of screen shots displaying the iOS Action "Ready to Scan", and the resulting action displaying web page on the iPhone by simply scanning a tag.

Stay tuned for more to come, as we update our apps for launch, and work to provide a beta offering for those how want to give NFC a try on their iOS 11 enabled device.

Best Regards,

Rob Jones

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