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We will include articles here with technical information relating to NFC and other aspects of proximity communication.

  1. Apple App Clips for a neater NFC Experience

    One difference between Android and iPhone is that when an NFC tag is tapped that contains a URL it will bring up the URL in your default browser on Android but with iPhone you get an extra prompt from Safri asking if you wish to open the URL.  This is not such a nice look, but now since IOS 14 as a developer you can create an App Clip whcih is a small applet and if it is asscoiated with a URL thhe user gets a neat dialogue with a picture and options for next such as open on a browser or open the app.

    We have seen client using this when we test our encoded tags for them and it make such a difference to the user experience.

    Worth looking in to if you have your own application on IOS. The developer documentation can be found here: CLICK HERE

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  2. NFC Tag / Stickers - things to know and comparison between iPhone and Android NFC compatibility

    NFC Tag / Stickers  - things to know and comparison between iPhone and Android compatibility

    Last updated: 8th October 2021

    General

    We have started this document and will add to it over time so that when you are using the NFC tags you can understand what will and wont work on a tag when you need it to work with the iPhone using IOS or with an Android mobile with NFC Capability.

    Compared to Android mobiles, when using NFC the iPhone is very restricted with the data  that it accepts and will process natively without an application. The reality is that the only data an iPhone can handle is a URL and that URL must not have a Description field added.

    WIFI

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  3. Which NFC Reader / Writer do I need?

    Which NFC Reader / Writer do I need?

     

    ZipNFC only sell the ACS reader writers due to them being the best quality and most reliable reader / writers on the market.  There are also many resources available on the web to help you build applications for these in all languages.  We have 3 types available from stock and below we explain the differences and how they can be used.

     

    We have two that can be used for reading and writing NFC tags (ACR1252U and ACR1255U-J1) and one that can be used for reading the UID of the chip (ACR1281U-C2).

     

    ACR1281U-C2

    ACR1281U NFC UID Reader

     

    The ACR1281U-C2 is interesting as a common use of NFC tags / stickers is to purely use the UID that comes with every NFC chip.

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  4. Latest news regarding UK business to the EU 2021

    Latest  news regarding UK business to the EU 2021

    Updated: 8th October 2021

    We have dealt with many EU shipments since January 2021 and have seen very few problems or delays, especially when using a courier company like DHL.

    Using DHL we have to accompany every shipment with a commercial invoice and when the package arrives in the EU destination country, the local DHL representative will handle the collection of any duty and taxes.  Please make sure you include your Tax reference on all orders so that we can use it on the documentation, doing this saves time and questions at your location.

    Deliveries sent by Royal Mail switch to using your local postal service when it arrives in your country.  We add a CN22 to every package describing the contents and value of the items inside, and local customs will decide whether a tax charge needs to be made.

    As of the 1st July the EU implemented a new Tax collection service called IOSS but this is only relevant for consumers b

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  5. Sample Packs

    We do not sell ready made sample packs as we have set the shop up so you can order down to a single item across our range.  This way you can decide which items you feel will suit for project.  If you are uncertain you can always contact us and we can provide some advice and suggestions for you.

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