Near-field communication (NFC) was supposed to be the future, but while Google Wallet has mostly neutered its ambitions and Isis Wallet stumbled out of the gate, is there any hope for contactless mobile payments? The folks behind Loop say yes.
The Touch ID payment feature that began life as a novelty item for the iPhone 5s might turn out to be Apple's next big thing. PayPal's keeping a close eye on Apple's associated progress with mobile payments, reports Re/code (via MacRumors), to the point that it's trying to convince Apple to let it help the Cupertino giant with processing payments for physical goods.
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There are plenty of ways to send money to family and friends, but few of these services make it easy to do. The folks at Square have come up with a new way to do it, and using an app is actually a secondary option.
Apple may continue to neglect near-field communication (NFC), but that's only giving third-party developers incentive to find other ways for iPhone users to pay for goods, such as just saying your name.
Fans of near-field communication technology were bummed to discover that Apple still didn't embrace wireless payments for the iPhone 5, but other companies are racing to fill the NFC gap with solutions of their own.
First announced back in early August, the mashup between rising payment service Square and coffee giant Starbucks finally came to fruition this week, extending mobile payment options for its customers.
Love 'em or hate 'em, Starbucks is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to retail, and it's exactly what a burgeoning mobile payment provider like Square needs to rapidly accelerate its own business.