We are exactly three weeks from WWDC19, but Apple is already getting ahead of some news. The vice president of the company responsible for Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, took the stage today of the conference TRANSACT (in Las Vegas) to announce a new addition to the Apple payment system: support for tags NFC for instant purchases.
What does this mean in practice? Today, to use Apple Pay on your iPhone or Apple Watch, you need a “full” payment terminal that activates the service and makes the necessary communications for the transaction. With the novelty, this obligation is in the past. The user can simply touch the smartphone or watch to a tag NFC and Apple Pay will be activated, making the payment in the same way – there is no need to download an application or anything like that.
The feature greatly benefits automated service providers, for example. With the novelty, users will be able to use micromobility devices (such as scooters and electric bicycles that are proliferating throughout Brazil), parking meters and car terminals. self-checkout much easier – just touch the iPhone or Apple Watch on the tag NFC, authenticate your identity with Face / Touch ID and you’re done.
Apple has announced three partners that will embrace the new feature at its debut, all in the United States: the electric scooter platform Bird, the clothing store Bonobo and the parking meter network PayByPhone. According to Apple, the novelty will be available until the end of the year – until then, other companies should express interest in the functionality and join the three mentioned above.
To complement the good news, Apple also announced a complementary feature that should arrive soon: the possibility for the user to subscribe or subscribe to a service automatically through the Wallet app. With this, in addition to paying quickly for the service of an electric scooter, for example, it would be possible to register on the platform in question with just one touch to enjoy company benefits and discounts. Apple did not give further details on when this tool will arrive, however.
We also don’t know yet, if the resource is initially exclusive to the USA or if its operation will be global right away. For that, we will have to wait for more information – which, quite possibly, will be revealed at the Worldwide Developers Conference.