The missing iOS 8 NFC API
There have been a bunch of comments and criticisms flying around that iOS 8 is missing any kind of API or SDK for developing applications to take advantage of the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. One article at least even went as far as to describe the decision not to provide one as “stupid”.
I disagree, not providing APIs in the first iteration of hardware has been pretty much an Apple standard operating procedure for a long while now, and I think it makes perfect sense in this case as well.
The most typical thing a software developer is going to do with an NFC API is write an app that reads NFC tags. The Android store is pretty much full of these; you download an app, you tap your Clipper Card on it, and it tells you a bunch of meaningless gibberish.
This isn’t very useful, because it turns out that the more interesting cases for NFC are when the phone...
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