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    Apple promotes Apple Pay with iTunes gift cards

    July 20th, 2016

    UK and US consumers are being encouraged to sign up and use Apple Pay with a £5 or $5 iTunes gift card at Apple retail stores across both countries. “When making a purchase in store, Apple employees will ask customers if they would like to pay via Apple Pay,” MacRumors reports. “If a customer declines and does not have Apple Pay set up, employees will guide customers through the setup process to make the purchase and will offer a bonus $5 or £5 iTunes gift card for using Apple Pay as their payment method.”

    Apple releases update to fix Error 53

    February 19th, 2016

    Apple has released an update to iOS 9 that will restore devices left disabled by Error 53. “For anyone who experienced Error 53, Apple has released an update to iOS 9.2.1 to allow you to successfully restore your device using iTunes on your Mac or PC,” Apple says. “If Touch ID on your device didn’t work before you saw Error 53, the feature still won’t work after you restore your device.”

    Apple Pay goes live in Australia

    November 19th, 2015

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Australia, allowing American Express cardholders to make NFC mobile payments using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch devices. More

    First National Bank adds coupons and vouchers to mobile app

    November 18th, 2015

    Customers of South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB) can now redeem mobile coupons and vouchers through the bank’s mobile banking app directly at the point of sale. Participating retailers include supermarket chains Checkers and Shoprite…. More

    Apple Pay goes live in Canada for American Express cardholders

    November 17th, 2015

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Canada, allowing American Express cardholders to pay in-store with compatible Apple devices at Amex contactless merchants as well as make purchases within participating mobile apps. “Apple Pay will… More

    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

    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

    Transcript: Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP Eddy Cue introduce Apple Pay mobile payments and NFC

    September 9th, 2014

    “It’s all about the wallet,” Apple CEO Tim Cook explained during the unveiling of Apple Pay mobile payments and the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch with NFC on 9 September. “Our vision… More

    23 Apple patents related to NFC and mobile payments

    September 8th, 2014

    Apple has been steadily building a portfolio of patents related to NFC and mobile payments over recent years, from as far back as 2009. NFC World+ has reported on these as they have been published and links are provided here to details of 23 patents covering technical innovations and use cases in payments, mobile marketing, coupon delivery, gifting, event ticketing, content sharing, travel and beyond.  More

    Apple iWatch to support NFC payments?

    September 4th, 2014

    Apple plans to include NFC in a new smartwatch that will be unveiled on 9 September, as well as in the next iPhone, the Wall Street Journal reports, “signaling that it sees a role for the device in digital payments.” NFC “is central to Apple’s plans to offer so-called tap-to-pay into its mobile devices, allowing users to pay for goods and services using credit cards stored with iTunes,” the report adds. (Editor’s tip: Download our Disney MyMagic+ report to get a feel for the kind of experience Apple is likely to be planning here.)

    Apple expands iTunes Pass availability

    July 18th, 2014

    Apple’s new iTunes Pass service, which enables iOS users to buy iTunes credit from their mobile device rather than purchase a physical gift card, is now available internationally, 9to5Mac reports. iTunes Pass buyers need to visit an Apple store in order to activate their purchase.

    Apple Japan adds digital gift card

    July 17th, 2014

    Apple has introduced a digital version of the iTunes gift card in Japan that replaces the need for customers to buy a physical card. “To substitute for a physical gift card, iTunes Pass installs a new pass inside of the iOS Passbook application,” 9to5Mac reports.

    Apple begins mobile payments talks with retailers

    May 30th, 2014

    Apple is holding talks with a number of upmarket US retailers to gauge how interested they would be in the iPhone maker introducing its own mobile payments service, according to 9to5Mac which cites “a source… More

    Sony Music runs NFC promo

    February 25th, 2014

    Sony Music is using NFC to promote artist Foxes’ new single ‘Let Go for Tonight’, using NFC-enabled standees placed at the point of sale in coffee shops located around London’s Oxford Street. By tapping their… More

    Pylon seeks funds for WiFi access point with NFC

    February 17th, 2014

    Funding is being raised on Kickstarter to commercialize an ultra-slim wall plaque that enables visitors to connect to a host’s WiFi network without having to ask for and enter a password, by just tapping their… More

    Wireless Dynamics launches NFC case for iPhone 5

    June 13th, 2013

    A version of Canadian NFC and RFID specialist Wireless Dynamics’ iCarte NFC case for Apple iPhones is now available for the iPhone 5. The device is approved by both Apple and Visa, enabling it to… More

    Wooshping adds music to Spotify playlists via NFC

    June 13th, 2013

    UK-based Wooshping has shown how bands can use NFC tags to allow fans to add their music to Spotify playlists, so just tapping a smart poster can start a track playing. The system takes advantage… More

    Apple patents ‘SIM within’ secure element technology

    November 9th, 2011

    A newly published Apple patent application sets out a way for a virtual SIM card to be built into an embedded secure element which can, in turn, be attached to an NFC controller chip. More

    PayPal tops list of most trusted mobile payments brands

    May 17th, 2011

    Consumer research conducted in nine countries has found that the online giant is the most trusted by consumers to handle personal financial data when making mobile payments. More

    Apple planning to offer merchants low cost NFC payments terminals?

    Apple planning to offer merchants low cost NFC payments terminals?

    January 25th, 2011

    The Apple NFC rumour mill has swung into action again today, with new speculation that the company plans to include near field communication in both the next iPhone and the next iPad — and could… More

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