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September 18th, 2014

By Sarah Clark • Last updated 18 September 2014, 11:33

Apple joins NFC secure element standards body

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Apple has joined GlobalPlatform, the organisation responsible for defining standards for the secure elements used to store sensitive data in NFC phones. The move means that, when and if Apple provides developers with access to the secure element in its new NFC devices, it is likely to do so in a way that is compatible with the international standards already used by other secure NFC service providers.

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September 18th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 18 September 2014, 10:52

Panasonic takes NFC to the air

Panasonic Avionics is to add NFC to the in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems it supplies to airlines, providing a way for passengers and crew to make contactless payments and for passengers to access a range of personalized travel benefits.

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September 17th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 17 September 2014, 13:30

Macy’s unveils mobile payments and customer marketing plans

Macy’s Inc, owner of the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department store chains, has unveiled plans to implement a range of new technologies designed to provide an omnichannel shopping service to its customers. The plans include Bluetooth beacons in all stores, new mPOS terminals, support for Apple Pay and a mobile wallet app.

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September 17th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 17 September 2014, 11:04

Subway to accept mobile payments in 26,000 US locations

Subway restaurants across the US are to begin accepting NFC mobile payments on 1 October, using new POS terminals that carry branding from mobile network operator-owned commerce venture Softcard. The terminals will enable the 26,000 Subway outlets in the US to accept a full range of NFC payments services, including Apple Pay, Softcard has told NFC World+.

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September 12th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 11 September 2014, 19:51

Transcript: Apple VP Kevin Lynch and CEO Tim Cook show off how Apple Watch can be used beyond payments

As well as using the device to make payments with the new Apple Pay mobile payment service, Apple Watch wearers will be able to use their smartwatch as a boarding pass and to unlock their hotel room doors, Apple’s VP of Technology Kevin Lynch explained during the unveiling of the new device on 9 September.

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September 11th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 11 September 2014, 19:09

Video demos show how Apple Pay users will make a payment with the iPhone 6

Videos of Apple staff demonstrating how Apple Pay will be used to make payments in stores and for in-app purchases have now been made available, providing further details of how the new mobile payments service will work.

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September 11th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 17 September 2014, 11:05

How Apple will generate revenues from mobile payments begins to become clear

An innovative biosensor security function built into the Apple Watch and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will work in combination with NFC and tokenization to provide additional security to Apple Pay transactions, it is now becoming clear — giving Apple the ability to negotiate special deals with card issuers that will generate new revenues for the Cupertino company.

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September 10th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 10 September 2014, 15:11

MasterCard launches MDES token platform for mobile payments

MasterCard has announced US availability of a token platform that enables card issuers to store tokenized versions of their customers’ card details on Apple’s new NFC devices as well as NFC phones and tablets from a range of other manufacturers. Visa has also launched a token platform today.

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September 10th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 10 September 2014, 14:26

No support for carriers’ NFC SIMs in Apple devices?

Softcard, the US carrier-backed NFC venture formerly known as Isis, won’t have access to the NFC support in the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch until 2015, a blog post by CEO Michael Abbott suggests — and, even then, it looks as though it won’t be via a conventional NFC-enabled SIM.

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September 10th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 10 September 2014, 11:51

Visa launches token service to support Apple Pay and more

Visa Token Service, the payment network’s new platform that enables card account numbers to be replaced with digital tokens that ensure the cardholder’s actual card number is never shared with merchants, is now live and will be used to enable Visa cardholders to make use of Apple’s new NFC mobile payments service.

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News in brief

UL white paper explains Apple Pay

By Mike Clark • 18 September 2014, 11:59 • Last updated 18 September 2014, 12:00

A new white paper that describes what is known about Apple Pay in both technical and organizational terms — as well as what questions still remain to be answered — is now available to download free of charge from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. Produced by the transaction security team at UL, “Apple Pay — What do we know?” aims to “provide insight and knowledge that UL has gathered, in order to best inform all stakeholders involved.”

Tesco pilots QR payments

By Sarah Clark • 18 September 2014, 09:24 • Last updated 18 September 2014, 09:24

UK-based supermarket giant Tesco is trialling a mobile payments service based on QR codes, Marketing Week reports. “The PayQwiq service is currently available at 16 of Tesco’s smaller Express stores in London, as well as at 26 of its Express, Metro and Superstore store formats in Edinburgh. It is currently only available to a small number of staff members as part of a trial, although there are plans to extend that to customers in October,” the article says.

SimplyTapp compares Apple Pay and Android HCE

By Mike Clark • 17 September 2014, 15:36 • Last updated 17 September 2014, 15:37

PARTNER NEWS: A new blog post from HCE specialist SimplyTapp explains how Apple is using tokens in its new Apple Pay NFC mobile payments service — and how that compares with the way tokens are used to enable Android phones to make NFC mobile payments using host card emulation (HCE). “The important concept that has gotten lost with the Apple announcement is that the concept of ‘tokenization’ as Apple Pay uses [it] is still the exact plan for tokenization in the Android space,” CEO Doug Yeager explains.

Apple Pay to get 0.15% transaction fee

By Sarah Clark • 16 September 2014, 13:29 • Last updated 16 September 2014, 13:29

The kickback from card issuers negotiated by Apple for purchases made via its new Apple Pay mobile payments service amounts to 0.15% of the value of each transaction, the Financial Times reports. The “unprecedented deal” will give Apple “a share of the payments’ economics that rivals such as Google do not get for their services,” the article points out.

No Apple Pay for Walmart, Best Buy

By Sarah Clark • 16 September 2014, 13:24 • Last updated 16 September 2014, 13:24

Owners of Apple’s new NFC-enabled smartwatch and iPhones will not be able to make Apple Pay mobile payments in either Walmart or Best Buy, the Wall Street Journal reports. The US retail giants are both members of merchant-led mobile wallet venture MCX which will launch its rival CurrentC wallet next year.

Weve drops wallet plans?

By Sarah Clark • 16 September 2014, 12:45 • Last updated 16 September 2014, 12:45

UK carrier owned mobile commerce venture Weve has cancelled its planned mobile wallet service in the wake of the Apple Pay launch, The Telegraph reports. “A source at one mobile operator said Apple’s move meant it would have to write off gaining a share of payments from iPhone users, who represent about a third of the UK smartphone market,” the article says. Weve’s US equivalent, carrier joint venture Softcard, is continuing with its plans, however, and hopes to be available on NFC-enabled iPhones in 2015.

Apple confirms NFC chip lockdown

By Sarah Clark • 16 September 2014, 12:33 • Last updated 16 September 2014, 12:35

Access to the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available only to Apple Pay, an Apple spokeswoman has told Cult of Mac. Whether that restriction applies only to the secure element or to all NFC functions, including tag reading/writing, is not yet confirmed, however.

Discover in talks on Apple Pay support

By Sarah Clark • 10 September 2014, 15:25 • Last updated 10 September 2014, 15:25

“We are in discussions with Apple to add Discover cards to Apple Pay in the future,” a representative of the US payment network has revealed on Twitter. Visa, MasterCard and American Express have already signed up to enable mobile payments on Apple’s new NFC devices.

MasterCard issues European contactless POS mandate

By Mike Clark • 10 September 2014, 15:19 • Last updated 10 September 2014, 15:19

European merchants who accept either MasterCard or Maestro will be required to switch to contactless POS terminals by 1 January 2020, “ensuring that consumers will be able to pay with their contactless cards and NFC enabled devices at all point-of-sale (POS) terminals”, the payment network has announced. “New POS terminals must adhere to the new standard upon deployment as from 1 January 2016,” MasterCard adds.

iPhone, NFC and Apple Pay: How should banks react?

By NFC World reporter • 10 September 2014, 13:50 • Last updated 10 September 2014, 13:50

PARTNER VIEWS: The launch of Apple Pay “is good news for US iPhone users who want to ‘tap to pay’,” Martin Cox, global head of sales at Bell ID, writes in a blog post. “But what about the majority of smartphone users who are using an Android device? What about those of us outside of the US? The good news, he says, is that “banks finally have clarity” on the preferred technology at the point of sale, and “for Apple’s primary market, the US, it’s also strong endorsement for the ubiquity of EMV.”

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September 18th, 2014

Latest news

  1. UL white paper explains Apple Pay
  2. Apple joins NFC secure element standards body
  3. Panasonic takes NFC to the air
  4. Tesco pilots QR payments
  5. SimplyTapp compares Apple Pay and Android HCE
  6. Macy’s unveils mobile payments and customer marketing plans
  7. Subway to accept mobile payments in 26,000 US locations
  8. Apple Pay to get 0.15% transaction fee
  9. No Apple Pay for Walmart, Best Buy
  10. Weve drops wallet plans?
  11. Apple confirms NFC chip lockdown
  12. Transcript: Apple VP Kevin Lynch and CEO Tim Cook show off how Apple Watch can be used beyond payments
  13. Video demos show how Apple Pay users will make a payment with the iPhone 6
  14. How Apple will generate revenues from mobile payments begins to become clear
  15. Discover in talks on Apple Pay support
  16. MasterCard issues European contactless POS mandate
  17. MasterCard launches MDES token platform for mobile payments
  18. No support for carriers’ NFC SIMs in Apple devices?
  19. iPhone, NFC and Apple Pay: How should banks react?
  20. Visa launches token service to support Apple Pay and more
 
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