"Last year the Apple iPhone 6 joined the majority of smartphones by containing an NFC controller. However, at the moment, this new iPhone is locked down only to the Apple Pay mobile payment system. This means that iPhone 6 users are unable to take advantage of the massive potential of NFC through apps, tags and communication.
Despite this, in the 72 hours following it's launch, a million credit cards had been registered with Apple Pay - an indication of the popularity from Apple's user base. Since launch, we've been asked many times if an when Apple will open up access to the NFC controller and what difference it would make to the market. In answer to the first part - we simply don't know. Most commentators, including RapidNFC, believe that they will (and that it will be able to scan tags) but when is a different point.
As for what difference it would make, let's consider what will happen if the iPhone's NFC controller is opened up and allowed to function with NFC tags and applications." Credit the above from RapidNFC (no point in reinventing the wheel!).
SMART ID WRISTBANDS WHAT THAT MEANS
It still means that you are still 4 times more likely to be assisted by someone with a Smartphone that IS compatible with your SMART emergency ID wristband because 80% of the market (at the time of writing) uses a Smartphone with the Android, Blackberry or Windows operating system.
It would be poor judgement not to go SMART simply because you have an iPhone or because you're an advocate of Apple. We say go SMART now. At the end of the day you have to remember why you are buying the wristband. Your health or the health of a loved one, perhaps child safety, running or riding solo...
Aren't the odds worth the £5 more you pay for the SMART ID Bracelet?
We're a small team working hard to ensure that carrying ID is secure, easy and affordable for our customers.