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Apple Announces NFC Tag Support for Apple Pay



Apple has taken another step closer to replacing the wallet by announcing a new Apple Pay NFC feature. CEO of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey made the announcement at the TRANSACT conference in Las Vegas, focused on mobile payments and the technologies around them.

In addition to the announcement, Apple also announced that users will soon be able to sign up for a loyalty card with a push button via the Wallet app, while confirming that bird scooters, Bonobos clothing stores and PayByPhone parking meters will all be part of the first Apple Pay NFC rollout.

As things stand, anyone who wants to pay via Apple Pay, the dealer needs to offer contactless payments via a terminal. But with NFC support, users can instead tap their iPhone against a coded NFC tag and then get the familiar Apple Pay interface to appear. The NFC tag will provide the information iPhone needs to start the transaction.

Apple announced support for NFC stickers / tags that trigger Apple Pay for payment without the app being installed. Imagine tapping your phone on a scooter or parking meter and paying for it without registering or downloading an app first.

Apple says the new feature is starting to roll out later this year, so it may be a feature that requires iOS 13, too. The three launch partners will also need time to get their ends in line, and we expect more people to come online now when the feature is out in the open.

Apple is expected to announce iOS 13 during WWDC next month, so we may want to learn more about the feature then. The software will also probably be made available to the public in September.

(Source: Steve Moser [ Twitter ])

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