iOS7 supports VCARD .vcf download – AT LAST!!!

At long last, Apple have decided to support VCARD file download from web pages in iOS7 and allow the .vcf file to be imported into your contacts application with a few key presses.

And what’s more you can even link to your contact information using a QR code – so now your information can change on the web but your business card need not.

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Just retested my demo web app at http://iphone.mobicontact.info to find that it appears they may have messed around with my calendar solution as the .ics file is not recognised (I will test later).  Still, downloading the vcard file directly now works.

The user agent string for an iPhone4S running iOS7 is :

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 7_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/537.51.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/7.0 Mobile/11A465 Safari/9537.53 

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While I’m here just seen that they have broken the “tel:” links used to initiate calls in Home Screen launched apps – thanks a lot, Apple. That’s several clients’ web apps that don’t work now!

3 thoughts on “iOS7 supports VCARD .vcf download – AT LAST!!!

    1. Thanks for the info and I am sure you’re right but I actually “click” the link using a timer in jquery to send the required event so not working for me as it is. I’ll have to make a change to the apps but perhaps your help might allow me to modify the event and get it to work after all.

      For reference: the Stack Overflow thread is the http://stackoverflow.com/questions/18700173/ios-7-tel-links-not-working-when-web-app-opened-from-home-screen

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