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Companies Anticipate NFC Scale-Up With Apple's iOS 13 Release

Apple's latest operating system will provide greater Near Field Communication functionality for developers; the firm is also promoting multiple products of its own using the technology, prompting NFC companies to prepare for market growth.
By Claire Swedberg

The NFC Forum considers this announcement an opportunity to expand and focus its message around promoting global interoperability and ensuring a positive and consistent experience for NFC users. NFC technology providers are already beginning to prepare availability for products, such as tags, while app developers are designing NFC apps that may grow the market.

Tadlock expects to see the demand for NFC tags and solutions to significantly grow during the coming year. "We had already been doing one-million-plus tag projects, but now we have large customers talking to us about one-million-tags-per-month projects," he says. "The NFC industry is going to need to scale up to handle this." GoToTags had anticipated the coming growth and has been building encoding and software solutions to support these large enterprise customers.

Craig Tadlock
"I believe that NFC is in the right place, at the right time." says Larry Hower, the CEO of AusNFC. With the new iOS release, he adds, NFC tapping and scanning should increase greatly. "The thing about tapping an NFC tag is that it is amazingly simple once you see it done," he explains. "Then folks can tap away." He credits QR code technology with teaching consumers to interact with things around them using their phones to capture local data. "But QR needs more effort—tinkering with a phone," Hower notes, whereas NFC requires a simple tap.

"In light of the increased use of NFC and tapping, things look bright for NFC," Hower states. The iOS 13 is available to developers now and will be commercially released this fall with new iPhones.


Umberto Arreghini 2019-09-26 03:55:19 PM
Sorry but the content of this article is not correct: iOS 13 devices will NOT be able to read NFC tags without the need for an app.
Claire Swedberg 2019-10-03 11:55:54 AM
Thanks for your comment, Umberto. In fact I'm told by my sources that Apple has enabled background tag reading for NDEF-formatted NFC tags, which amount to most of the popular consumer-facing tags. However, you have a point that in the case of passports, most use a different NFC encoding format, as well as special NFC chips, that cannot be natively read by iOS 13 devices. The new Core NFC SDK released with iOS 13 does allow developers to access the full suite of NFC reading and writing capabilities beyond NDEF, and those in fact, would require a third-party app.

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