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Apple have released the ability to scan NFC tags in IOS 11 and iphone 7 onwards.  There is a video provided by Apple that explains the technology and how to write code to use it. We have been experiminting and here are some findings that you might find useful if interested at looking at it yourself.

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Apple Core NFC - Initial findings

Apple have released the ability to scan NFC tags in IOS 11 and iphone 7 onwards.  

We have managed to reach the stage of implementing a skeleton app to scan NFC tags on a iPhone 7+ so we know for sure it works. Seems like early days for Core NFC, but after working with NFC for 6 years it is so nice to see that it has finally arrived.

Apple have a very different approach to Android in that you have to have an app , the app has to be in foreground and you have to actively say in the app you want to scan a tag!

Please note that you have to play this video in Safari

https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2017/718/

 

 

Apple have announced at the WWDC 2017 that IOS 11 has support for reading NFC tags as part of their Core NFC API.

We have been waiting for this so long but it finally has arrived.

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Apple iPhone 7 & IOS 11 reads NFC tags

Apple have announced at the WWDC 2017 that IOS 11 will have support for reading NFC tags as part of their Core NFC API.

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Many Amiibo fans have used our range of  NXP NTAG215 products successfully, but we are aware that some people have had problems creating their clones.  We can not provide supprt for 3rd party products but some very kind clients have passed on some links to resources that heve helped them and tips.  As such we are sharing them in this document.

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Amiibo cloning resources

Many Amiibo fans have used our range of  NXP NTAG215 products successfully, but we are aware that some people have had problems creating their clones.   We can not provide support for 3rd party products but some very kind clients have passed on some links to resources that heve helped them and tips.  As such we are sharing them in this document.

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NXP TagWriter manual

One of the most common applications that is used for writing to NFC tags is NXP TagWriter which is supplied free on Android.  Please find a link here to their online manual for this application: https://inspire.nxp.com/tagwriter/tag-writer-user-manual.pdf

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iPhone 7 - still no NFC tap and go

iPhone 7 and 7+

So the iPhone 7 and 7+ have been launched and unfortunately Apple still have not added the ability for the device to use NFC tags to automate tasks on their mobile. It is a real shame but not a surprise as their current focus is making sure that Apple Pay is 100% robust and that is where the money is for them.

We know of so many companies that are waiting to add NFC functionality to existing IOS applications in the same way that they have on Android and Windows so you have to assume that Apple will eventually make it available.

The reality is that biggest frustration with the lack of NFC on the iPhone is when trying to use NFC for marketing purposes or providing information to customers. Currently it is necessary to adopt a dual strategy of NFC and QR or maybe Beacons. Where ever NFC is used for internal purposes such as security and healthcare they have control over the devices used so will enforce Android or Windows so the lack of iPhone adoption is not such a problem.

Apple will have to adopt it eventually as NFC tags are not going to go away and they are currently losing a share of the market due to it and their apps are missing a key way of starting off an engagement with iPhone users.

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PROX IoT mPOD with NFC set-up

Your PROX IoT mPOD comes with 3 separate parts as follows:

  • The white mPOD case with our Bluetooth technology inside
  • A CR2477 Panasonic battery
  • Sticky pad that can be used to secure the beacon on most surfaces
  • Lid has been enabled with an NXP NTAG213 NFC chip

For the mPOD to work you will need to take apart the white casing and insert the battery into the Bluetooth module. To do this you will need to prise the lid from the body using a fingernail or thin flat object.  Once open you will have 4 parts as in this picture including the battery.

PROX IoT mPod components

The battery should be placed with the engraved Panasonic label against the bottom of the metal frame and not against the board, as it does not work that way around.

Correct battery positionCorrect battery position

Now just place Bluetooth module in the case by positioning holes on the board with the two prongs on lid and push it together and then add the the base. You will find on one side of the lid two clips and on the base two holes for them, so line them up and push together so that the lid clicks into place.

You now have a beacon ready to be used.

The NFC lid is blank so you can write anything to it you wish for your project using any NFC writer such as an Android or Windows application or USB NFC writer.  Just place your phone or writer over the PROX IoT logo to access NFC in the lid.

PROX Beacon

Please download the PROX Beacon application to enable management of the beacon and to change its settings.

Google Play:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.proxiot.beacon

iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/prox-beacon/id1056292858?mt=8

Online documentation: http://www.proxiot.com/beacons-documentation/

Video of how to activate the mPOD beacon can be found here: https://vimeo.com/159067171

Support

Please note the following important information:

Please note the default password for the PROX IoT mPOD beacon is: PROXIoTSetup

If you need to reset the mPOD beacon back to factory settings please follow these steps:

  • Press the black button in for 10 seconds on the PCB board with the battery still in place
  • Remove the battery for 30 seconds and place back in
  • That's it - the beacon has been reset to factory settings

We are always happy to help provide support for our products. Contact us here: Support

 

So why choose hard PVC over soft PVC when it comes to NFC tags and NFC stickers?

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Difference between soft and hard PVC NFC tags

In most cases NFC stickers are your best choice as they are very light, strong and flexible so can be used on slightly curved surfaces and it is easier to find the right position for them.

However - we are often asked questions such as

  • just how hard wearing are they are?
  • can they be knifed?
  • are they waterproof?
  • are they dustproof?
  • what would happen if hit by a hammer?

If any of these are included in your requirements then please read on...

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If your business is in a EU country and not the UK then please follow these steps to gain a 0 VAT status

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Are you EU VAT Exempt?

If your business is in a EU country and not the UK then please follow these steps to gain a 0 VAT status:

 

1: Register yourself on the shop with full details

2: Send us an email with your business and VAT registration details

3: We will set you up as VAT exempt and confirm via email that you are now set up correctly

 

You will now see no VAT added when you add items to your basket.

You can email us here for more information if required: Support

When you use your mobile with NFC for the first time you may find that NFC does not seem to be working.  Here are some practical steps on how to find out where the problem might be.

 

 

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NFC not working?

When you use your mobile with NFC for the first time you may find that NFC does not seem to be working.  Here are some practical steps on how to find out where the problem might be.

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We believe that the best resource for a complete and up-to-date list of NFC enabled devices can be found on the NFC World magazine site. You will find the list here: NFC World list of mobiles and tablets

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List of NFC enabled mobiles & tablets

We believe that the best resource for a complete and up-to-date list of NFC enabled devices can be found on the NFC World magazine site. You will find the list here: NFC World list of mobiles and tablets

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