Is it finally time for NFC mobile payments to explode? Maybe if you trust the latest report from Wired, which claims the next version of the iPhone will come with a mobile payment platform based on near field communication.
The report is scarce on the details, besides claiming the payment platform will be one of the new iPhone’s most important features.
Is it possible? Definitely — rumors about Apple building a mobile payment platform have been around seemingly forever. And Apple already has 800 million iTunes accounts
on file, most with registered credit cards, and it offers features like
Passbook, which allows users to store coupons and event tickets on
Plus, the company registered several mobile payment patents over the years.
Be that as it may, Apple has so far avoided building NFC
functionality into its iDevices. The company also relied on Bluetooth LE
for its iBeacon technology, which lets customers access info and various services through their phones in physical stores.
Regardless of the technology Apple ends up using, if the report is
right, the company’s mobile payment platform will make a big splash come
Sept. 9, when Apple will likely introduce the new iPhone(s).
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