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    Apple Pay contract leaked

    November 4th, 2014

    The full 19-page contract that banks wishing to offer Apple Pay to their cardholders must sign in order to take part has been leaked to Digital Transactions. Among the fees and obligations set out in the contract banks agree to make at least 95% of their network-branded cards available to the wallet, to submit in-depth accounting reports twice a year and to pay a 0.15% commission to Apple. The contract also reveals that fees due to Apple will be collected on the iPhone maker’s behalf by Visa and MasterCard.

    NFC tech included in iPad Mini 3

    October 27th, 2014

    Apple has included an NFC chip in its new iPad Mini 3, a teardown by iFixit has revealed. The NXP 65V10 NFC controller spotted by the team is the same part used in the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad Air 2.

    Bookatable tests iBeacon at 119 restaurants

    October 24th, 2014

    Europe’s largest online restaurant booking website is testing Apple’s iBeacon location technology to send offers and menus to potential diners toting iPhones as they pass by a participating location. Bookatable has worked with American Express to install BLE beacons in 119 restaurants participating in the London Restaurant Festival, including Ping Pong, Spaghetti House, Villandry, Oxo Tower, Thai Square and STK London.

    Apple builds NFC tech into iPad Air 2

    October 23rd, 2014

    A teardown of the iPad Air 2 by iFixit has found that Apple has included an NXP 65V10 NFC module in the new tablet. The part is the same used to provide NFC functionality in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and its inclusion is a surprise as no mention of any NFC capability was made when the iPad Air 2 was announced last week.

    iOS 8.1 brings Apple Pay NFC payments to iPhone

    October 20th, 2014

    Version 8.1 of iOS is now available for download, and brings with it the US consumer rollout of the Apple Pay mobile payments system. Apple Pay’s NFC payment capability is available to US-based owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets and can be used at 220,000 stores nationwide that accept contactless payments. Last week Apple revealed that 500 banks have now signed up to offer the service to their customers.

    Visa details Apple Pay setup process

    October 17th, 2014

    iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users with Visa cards issued by Bank of America, Capital One, Citi Bank, Chase and Wells Fargo Bank will be able to use Apple Pay in stores from launch on 20 October, Visa says. More

    Apple builds SIM into iPad Air 2

    October 17th, 2014

    Buyers of the iPad Air 2 will be the first to use a new Apple SIM that comes preinstalled in the Wi-Fi+Cellular version of the tablet and looks set to be the first implementation of a “SIM Within” patent published in November 2011. More

    Five hundred banks sign up for Apple Pay

    October 17th, 2014

    Apple customers in the US will be able to use their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to make Apple Pay mobile payments from Monday 20 October, CEO Tim Cook has announced, and 500 banks… More

    Hailo reports on BLE payments in taxis

    October 13th, 2014

    Pay with Hailo, a service that uses Apple’s iBeacon technology to let users of the Hailo taxi hailing app pay drivers with their smartphone, is experiencing “steady growth”, Naoise Irwin, the company’s VP of strategic… More

    Patent provides insights into the inner workings of Apple Pay

    October 9th, 2014

    A newly published Apple patent application provides insights into how the iPhone maker’s new Apple Pay service will work, how the company has optimized the iPhone’s NFC capabilities to ensure the best possible user experience… More

    NFC World+ breaks all records in September

    October 3rd, 2014

    144,508 unique visitors read NFC World+ in September 2014, up 24% on a year ago, and we served 395,029 pages (up 22%) as business executives and technical experts flocked to the site to learn about Apple Pay, NFC and the future of mobile payments. More

    RapidNFC examines iPhone 6 tag reading issue

    October 1st, 2014

    PARTNER VIEWS: The question of whether or not Apple has included NFC tag reading and writing capabilities in the iPhone 6 is examined in a new blog post by NFC tag specialist RapidNFC. The article explains why the NFC antenna in a mobile phone needs to be more powerful for tag reading than for payments and concludes that “there’s nothing to indicate that such an antenna doesn’t exist within the phone. Even if nobody seems to have actually found it yet.”

    Apple joins NFC secure element standards body

    September 18th, 2014

    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… More

    No Apple Pay for Walmart, Best Buy

    September 16th, 2014

    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?

    September 16th, 2014

    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

    September 16th, 2014

    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.

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

    September 12th, 2014

    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… More

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

    September 11th, 2014

    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… More

    MasterCard launches MDES token platform for mobile payments

    September 10th, 2014

    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… More

    No support for carriers’ NFC SIMs in Apple devices?

    September 10th, 2014

    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… More

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