Contactless payment was one of those will-they-won’t-they features, back when we were all speculating about Apple’s plans for the iPhone 4S.
As it happened, Siri was the star of the show, and Team Cupertino ultimately forsook the mobile wallet concept. Or did it?
Supposedly the iPhone 4S hosts a little something called Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, an NFC alternative that could be used in making contactless payments.
According to Forbes, all it needs is an update - iOS 6, perhaps - to switch it on.
Predictably, Apple’s mobile wallet payment service thingy is expected to be called – yep, you guessed it – iWallet. What else?
The best part is: consumers will – in theory – be able to make BLE iWallet payments from a distance of around 50m, so you don’t need to go anywhere near the stinky old cash register.
Thinking out loud here: if this is one of Apple’s big next gen plays, and the tech is simply dormant in the iPhone 4S, where’s the motivation to upgrade to the iPhone 5? Larger display, I guess. Hmm…
Anyway! This year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) gets underway on Monday. We’re also expecting to hear about Apple’s 3D Maps app.