SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today the addition of Apple iOS compatibility enhancements to the ThingMagic® Mercury® API software development kit. The latest enhancements to the Mercury API address the growing demand from end users who want to use consumer mobile devices—smartphones and tablets—as an alternative to handheld computers for RFID applications. The addition of iOS support represents the next step in expanding the breadth of application uses for ThingMagic's Mercury API, an extensive software development kit that offers a consistent programmatic interface across all ThingMagic finished and embedded reader products. "Feedback from RFID end users has shown an increased demand to use the most popular mobile devices and operating systems. We first responded with Android support in the last release of our Mercury API and have now added iOS support," said Tom Grant, general manager of ThingMagic. "By adding iOS support to the Mercury API we are expanding the population of devices that can manage and control ThingMagic embedded modules and finished readers to implement an RFID solution." Using a smartphone or tablet with an RFID reader attached as a sled, dongle or connected via Bluetooth offers an attractive solution to developers and users compared to costly handheld computers. The value in opening up the development possibilities clears the way for more applications and supports the trend toward enabling a true Internet of Things. The Mercury API software development kit is a blanket offering for customers of all ThingMagic fixed and embedded readers. In addition, its inclusion with products such as the Mercury xPRESS flexible development platform offers a more comprehensive approach to delivering RFID solutions to a wider variety of vertical markets. Having more development options can enable new projects in retail, medical, manufacturing, logistics and transportation, among other markets that have made limited use of RFID.