If I wanted to use an iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad) to gather data from RFID chips on equipment in a motor pool, what would I need? Is it even possible today?
What type of RFID tags are you trying to read? For a motor pool, I would expect you are looking for UHF Gen 2 RFID or even active tags (like Bluetooth LE) as opposed to NFC where you would need to be standing right at the tag on the auto to read it.
We are developing a UHF Gen 2 RFID system for iOS/Android. The device, unfortunately, needs to be larger than a square since the 10' read range of UHF Gen 2 RFID requires a bigger antenna. Our dev site explains this.
check out TSL UK - their 1128 docks iPads etc. http://www.tsl.uk.com/products/1128-bluetooth-handheld-uhf-rfid-reader/
You should look in to http://AsReader.com for UHF and UF RFID solutions for iOS devices. They have compact dock style readers that can move between iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad mini, Air, & Pro. Their readers range from 250 mW to 1 Watt in power and have a unique magnetic charging system. Thousands of these readers are in use at a major automobile manufacturer in Japan as well, so your use for motor pool might be a great fit.