None of the iPhone models in the market offers you the NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities. As a long-time user of the iPhone, we’ll definitely not give up our iPhones just for the sake of NFC. Well, if you still prefer NFC on your iPhone, there is a little device called FloJack which can be added on to your iPhone to enable NFC.
FloJack is a device by Flomio, a Techstars cloud company. It comes in the size of tiny dongle which suits your iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5, new iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPod touch 4G and 5G. It simply plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack of your iOS device.
NFC basically allows two NFC-capable devices to have wireless conversation when they’re closely held together. It’s pretty similar to Bluetooth except NFC uses touch to establish the connection. With the FloJack on your iPhone, you can also have NFC as well. Your iOS device needs to be installed with the With Flomio’s NFC Actions App to allow it to read and write an NFC tag and one of the Flomio’s Zapps to create a new experience.
When your NFC-enabled iPhone (by FloJack) is brought near to an NFC tag, a chip inside the tag sends a little message to tell your iOS device to do something. The Zapp tag can open apps, play music or launch videos. Further requirements can be programmed into the Zapp tag such as telling a friend’s direction, scheduling a meeting and setting up a reminder and more.
FloJack is available for pre-order now on Kickstarter and is expected to retail at $60 MSRP and ship in March 2013.