Apple iPhone 6 NFC

Does the Apple iPhone 6 have NFC ?

Yes, it does have NFC but the NFC functionality can only be used for making payments. The iPhone 6 cannot be used to read or write to NFC tags even with an upgrade to iOS 11. At this stage, it's extremely unlikely that Apple will ever enable NFC tag scanning on the iPhone 6.

Can the iPhone 6 scan NFC Tags ?

No

The Apple iPhone 6 does contain an NFC controller and NFC antenna which means, technically, it does have 'NFC functionality' and is NFC enabled. However, App developers do not have access to the NFC functionality. At the moment, the Apple iPhone 6 cannot be used with passive NFC tags. Even if the phone is technically capable of working with NFC tags, it's not known when or even if Apple will open the NFC functionality up so that the iPhone 6 can scan. Our advice is simple - don't assume that the iPhone 6 will ever be able to scan NFC tags.

NFC Tags For The Apple iPhone 6

The table below illustrates the available NFC tags and their compatibility with your phone. As phone specifications can change without notice and also vary from region to region, we strongly advise testing tags before any purchase.

NFC Chip Compatible Format Required2
NTAG210No-
NTAG203No-
NTAG213No-
NTAG215No-
NTAG216No-
Topaz 512No-
MIFARE Ultralight® EV1No-
MIFARE Ultralight®No-
MIFARE Classic®No-
ICODE SLIXNo-

NDEF Formatting

Some NFC chips are supplied without NDEF encoding which can affect some mobile phones ability to scan blank tags. Certain phone/tag combinations require tags to be formatted.

Ultralight EV1 Compatibility

This is a complex formatting issue which affects some phones ability to scan MIFARE Ultralight EV1 chips but not Ultralight chips. In this case, we can either NDEF format the chips or make Ultralight EV1 chips look like the older generation Ultralight chips. It varies depending on the phone rather than the operating system. If we state 'maybe', we would advise testing first.