“We had some time to talk to a well-connected developer at Macworld who was building an app that— among other capabilities— includes NFC reading for the purpose of mobile transactions,” Seth Weintraub reports for 9to5Mac.
“The developer told us that he had no hardware knowledge, but he had spoken to Apple iOS engineers on multiple occasions, and they are ‘heavy into NFC,'” Weintraub reports. “I asked how confident he was, and he said, ‘Enough to bet the app development on.'”
Weintraub reports, “Ed McLaughlin, who heads emerging payments at MasterCard, had an exchange with Fast Company that went as follows: When asked to give an estimate for when smartphone payments would become commonplace (in other words, would 2012 be the year of NFC or contactless tech?), McLaughlin demurred–and may have dropped a hint about Apple’s future in the industry.”
Much more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]