“…The biggest blow to NFC has been Apple’s refusal to adopt it on the iPhone,” Fitchard reports. “Retailers are unlikely to put their muscle behind a payment option that the most popular phone in the United States does not support. While Android may have higher marketshare than iOS, iPhone users are typically wealthier and more willing to spend money.”
“n addition, Apple has been hinting for a while that it may have a mobile payments solution of its own. With iOS 6, Apple launched Passbook, an application to collect gift cards, tickets, and other passes. And with iOS 7, Apple added AirDrop, which allows users to transfer various types of data between iOS devices. Apple has also supported Bluetooth LE since the iPhone 4S, and with iOS 7, it introduced iBeacon, a system for interacting with nearby iOS devices. iBeacon has already received a surprising amount of support from large retailers, including in Apple’s own stores,” Fitchard reports. “While none of these are a mobile payments solution on their own, they certainly point to a potential iWallet down the road.”
MacDailyNews Note: Plus, Touch ID, of course.
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple customers are retailers’ Holy Grail. If Apple says NFC stands for “Not For Commerce,” then NFC will have to find another raison d’être or die.
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