mobile payments

Don’t expect liberated NFC on the iPhone any time soon

Don’t expect liberated NFC on the iPhone any time soon

iOS app developers shouldn't expect access to the NFC hardware in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus any time soon, with Apple still intending a tight grip on the short-range wireless system that's so integral to Apple Pay. The inclusion of a near-field communications chip in the latest iPhone duo led some to predict Android-style easy pairing with accessories, hyper-localization in apps, and other applications as we've seen proliferate around Google's platform, but according to iPhone product marketing VP Greg "Joz" Joswiak, you shouldn't hold your breath.

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1m Apple Pay activations in first 72hrs says Tim Cook

1m Apple Pay activations in first 72hrs says Tim Cook

Apple Pay saw one million card activations in the first 72 hours of availability, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed, as the company lets slip a few tidbits about the high-profile mobile payments system. MasterCard and Visa are reporting more mobile wallet customers using Apple Pay "than anyone else combined," Cook added, pointing out that the Apple had "only been at it a week."

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Here’s why Rite Aid, CVS don’t accept Apple Pay

Here’s why Rite Aid, CVS don’t accept Apple Pay

This week, and really since inception, Apple Pay has had a lot of attention. The recent chatter surrounds Apple Pay problems, where some retailers are sidestepping the service due to their allegiance elsewhere. The problems are significant, but not insurmountable. Now Apple is responding, and a hashtag (#PayItSafe) has been created to unify fronts. Though Apple Pay isn’t new to mobile payments, they did rally the most of banners in a unified direction. Here’s why their opposition is significant, and might actually be a problem.

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Wells Fargo likes Apple Pay so much, it’ll pay you to try

Wells Fargo likes Apple Pay so much, it’ll pay you to try

Retailers may be in a quiet NFC war with Apple Pay, but banks are - perhaps unsurprisingly - just keen for people to start spending more money. Wells Fargo isn't leaving it to chance that its customers try Apple's mobile payments system, and is instead offering a kick-back for those who not only add a credit or debit card to the system, but make a payment using it. Up for grabs is up to $20 back from the bank, though you'll need to make an NFC payment in-store rather than an app-based payment.

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NY Times invests in Blendle for pay-as-you-go reading

NY Times invests in Blendle for pay-as-you-go reading

There is one thing that may dissuade you from reading an article on a website run by traditional print media websites. If you’ve ever run into a paywall, you know how frustrating it can be. Even though they’re not asking much, sites like The New York Times or Wall Street Journal still want you to pay for their content. A recent $3.8 million investment by The New York Times suggests they aren’t interested in moving away from that pay-to-read model, and might even be expanding on it.

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Apple Pay your train ticket and office ID tips report

Apple Pay your train ticket and office ID tips report

Apple Pay may already be getting into some scraps with retailers wary of the Cupertino behemoth doing for mobile payments what it did with music downloads, but the system's reach could increase exponentially according to new leaks regarding Apple's broader plans. Over the weekend, reports circulated that CVS, Rite Aid, and others were disabling NFC-equipped registers in an attempt to block Apple Pay altogether, but according to a fresh report Apple's goal is to expand the NFC system to cover access security and public transportation.

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CVS joins Rite Aid in dropping Apple Pay, all NFC support

CVS joins Rite Aid in dropping Apple Pay, all NFC support

It's only been a little over a day since internal documents revealed that pharmacy chain Rite Aid was discontinuing support for Apple Pay at its stores' registers, and now it appears that fellow pharmacy outlet CVS is doing the same. As of Saturday, a number of Twitter and forum users have posted about going to CVS stores and finding that all NFC payment functions have been turned off.

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Leaked Rite Aid docs say Apple Pay may never come

Leaked Rite Aid docs say Apple Pay may never come

Earlier today, we told you about Rite Aid disallowing Apple Pay from their point of sale terminals. At the time, it seemed to be an NFC issue, wherein Rite Aid was simply not prepared to accept any form of NFC payment (news of Google Wallet not working at Rite Aid bolstered that suspicion). Via leaked documents, we learn that Rite Aid has no technical issue with NFC payments, but Rite Aid’s involvement with a competing platform is to blame for your inability to use Apple Pay at their stores.

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Apple Pay news: Amazon in, Rite Aid out

Apple Pay news: Amazon in, Rite Aid out

All the excitement over Apple Pay doesn’t reach as far as some would have hoped. Previously, we told you about Amazon’s reluctance to allow their Amazon Rewards Visa — issued by Chase, a day-one partner for Apple Pay — into your digital wallet. There is relief on that front, but Apple Pay has lost a retail partner in the mix of it all. Rite Aid is no longer accepting Apple Pay payments, but it seems to be more an NFC issue than one with Apple Pay.

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iPad Air 2 registers with “secret” NFC? Not so fast…

iPad Air 2 registers with “secret” NFC? Not so fast…

Signs of NFC hardware in the iPad Air 2 have prompted speculation that Apple could turn the tablet into an Apple Pay cash register replacement, though it's almost certain not to be something the company could enable in this generation. A recent teardown of the new 9.7-inch tablet found that it contains the same NFC chip as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Since Apple doesn't list NFC among the iPad Air 2's connectivity options, that has led to chatter that it's a feature-in-waiting; however, it's unlikely to pan out that way.

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