Third party app developers can create iPhone apps that use NFC functionality with Apple’s iOS NFC SDK; Core NFC. An app is needed to access many of the features of NFC on iOS including writing NFC tags, access to reading NFC chip features like the UID and directly reading non-NDEF formatted NFC tags.
Selected List of iPhone NFC Apps
The following apps are useful NFC apps for iPhone:
- GoToTags iPhone App: Read and use Connected Things tags on iPhone
- NXP NFC TagInfo: A developer tool to see low level information about NFC chips
- Apple Shortcuts: Trigger personal automation actions using NFC tags
No App Required
For NFC compatible iPhone models, a third-party app is not needed for reading an NFC tag with an NDEF encoded URL and opening the URL in a browser; that is handled natively without an app with Background NFC Tag Reading. With both Apple and Android not requiring a special app to participate, the NFC barrier to entry is all but eliminated.