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Everything You Need to Know About the New NFC Features On iOS 13

Good news for iPhone users, especially those on iPhone 7 or higher. iOS 13 supports near-field communication (NFC). This means you can start enjoying more convenience of using NFC tags, chips, and cards at home or in your business. With the iOS 13 upgrade, iPhone 7 and newer models can now read NFC tags. The update is similar to what Android smartphones have, with the following features:

  • NFC tag programming, as long as there is an appropriate app for the task
  • Background tag reading for iPhone XS and later models, even without a specific app. Prior to the iOS 13 update, they were only able to do that with a special app running.
  • The possibility to read the NFC chip’s UID

iOS 13 is one of the best things to happen in the NFC industry, as it made the operating system of Apple more versatile and accommodating to the changing needs of its users. With the release of this operating system, the iPhone finally has full access to the features of NFC tags UK, like writing NDEF information (i.e. text and URLs), and native tag access, which enables users to utilise the features available on NFC chips.

Access to the chip’s UID used to be only available to Android smartphones. Now, it is possible for iPhone users to use NFC for various applications, like traceability, authentication, ticketing, logistics, and access control. App developers may want to consider developing iOS applications that are NFC-enabled now to allow more users to enjoy the flexibility of near-field communication for their everyday lives.

It is important to know that NFC will work differently on Apple devices. For instance, if you are using iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X, you will need to install and open an app to use NFC, unlike with Android smartphones that can automatically detect NFC tags without intervention from an app. iPhones will only read tags with an NDEF message, not the UID of the tag. Moreover, your iPhone will not be able to write or program NFC tags. You will still need to use an NFC encoder, a specialised app, or an Android smartphone for it, or you could ask the shop selling the NFC tags to encode what you need for you.