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

  1. Compare standard anti-metal NFC stickers to REVERSE anti-metal version

    ZipNFC White PVC 25mm REVERSE anti-metal Round tags using the latest NXP® NTAG213 chip and have a protective anti-metal layer so can be used near metal surfaces.

    Typical anti-metal stickers have a sticky ferrite layer that is expected to be placed or stuck on metal surfaces and the other side will be tapped on by the mobile or reading device. REVERSE anti-metal NFC stickers would normally be placed inside cases where the antenna is place against a plastic surface and the anti-metal protection is provided against metal or electrical circuits in side. Other uses might be where you have a poster in a metal case and you would place the sticky side on the back of the poster where the tag will get tapped, but the back is against the metal casing and is protected.

    They are basially the same, but the layers are structured differently. Pease see the pictures of the layers for comparison.

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  2. iPhone - using NFC as a triger for automated shortcuts

    iPhone - using NFC as a triger for automated shortcuts

    With the release of IOS 13 there are many new features available.  One feature is using the standard shortcuts app to create your own automated commands on the phone.  The Shortcuts app has always been available to use and very powerful, but now you can trigger them using an NFC tag.

    This is available on any IPhone model that support background NFC reading, so that is all the models in the Xs, XR and 11 range of phones and they should be runnig IOS 13+.

    Please note all our products in the NTAG range are fully compatbile with this functionality.

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  3. Apple iPhone 11 with NFC read and write - available now

    Apple iPhone 11 with NFC read and write - available now

    Apple have now released the iphone 11 mobile with IOS 13 and this has provide access to the rich funcionality of NFC.  It is now possible to launch a URL withpout any application and use applications like NFC Tools to write to an NFC Tag.

    All of the NFC products we sell on this shop are compatible with Android and IPhone whether reading or writing so you will have no problems.

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  4. Status of Apple iPhone and NFC

    iPhone 6/6+/6s/6s+

    Unfortunately although these devices have an NFC chip in them Apple have not made them available to work with NFC tags.

    iPhone 7/7+/8/8+/X/

    Apple introduced the ability for an iPhone 7 or 7+ to read NFC tags that are already formatted with data such as a URL.  Unfortunately this does not work natively on the phone so you have to use an application and once launched the app will be able to scan the data and launch the URL on a browser. There are plenty on the market but our sister company PROX IoT have one and it can be found on the Apple store here: PROX NFC Tag

    iPhone Xs/XsMax/XR

    With this model they freed up NFC reading so any NFC tags that have a URL written to them will launch the browser automatically without any need for an application.

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  5. nfc-not-working-on-your-mobile

    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 see where the problem might be.

    The NFC tags

    We test all tags before they get shipped but it is possible for them to fail due to the way they get handled. It is very unlikely to affect all the tags so worth checking more than one.  We will always replace any faulty tag. Every type of tag has a different reading distance, which means you will have to place the mobile nearer to the NFC tag for different types of tag.  Typically the smaller tags will have a shorter reading distance, but aluminium antennas tend to have a shorter reading distance than copper.  That is why the very small NFC tags tend to have copper antennas.

    Your mobile

    If you have not used your mobile for NFC before you may find it has been switched off or not enabled. Whether on Android or Windows you will find an NFC sett

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