iPhone Wallet: are Apple, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX about to change the way we shop?

iPhone Wallet: are Apple, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX about to change the way we shop?There’s so much to focus on with the new iPhone 6 – the display size, the price, the presence, or lack thereof, of a sapphire crystal display – that the rumour mill almost forgot to give NFC (Near Field Communication) its fair share of the spotlight.

With just a week to go now, we’re going into iPhone 6 NFC overdrive, and sensing that big changes might be afoot – if Apple, Visa, MasterCard and American Express get their way.

To date, retailers - in the west, at least - have been slow to get onboard with NFC, but regardless of how you feel about Apple, the Californians could give the technology a seriously massive boost, much like tablets and the iPad, all-touch phones and the iPhone, wearables and the iWatch (probably).

According to an anonymous source of Bloomberg (who wishes to remain anonymous on account of blah blah blah; the usual), Apple will launch its iPhone Wallet/Apple Wallet/iWallet (the name is seemingly still up in the air) service alongside the iPhone 6 on September 9.

It’s pointed out that much of the necessary infrastructure is already in place. For starters, if you own an iDevice, Apple already has your payment details on record (handy that), while the year-old Touch ID fingerprint scanner could be used for user authentication.

All that remains is for Apple to throw an NFC chip on the iPhone 6 (rumoured a few days ago) and for retailers to get suitably excited, and the west could be on the verge of an NFC revolution.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2014 at 21:33

Jennifer Lawrence's dream come true :p

TJ Skywasher  Sep. 3, 2014 at 12:20

Is it just me or am I the only one that's never heard of any of these so called celebrities that have had their photos leaked?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2014 at 14:47

Is it just me or am I the only one that's never heard of any of these so called celebrities that have had their photos leaked?

Hahahaha

Don't ask me... anyways: EVERY person I know had their FB, Twitter, Yahoo, Gmail or or or account 'compromised' at some point in some fashion...

Is it stupid that Apple's 2-step verification doesn't apply to iCloudiness? YES! Is any other account on earth safer? LOL

True story: I hate paypal. But last week I needed it for a good deed. But: I didn't know my password or security questions. And I sure as sh*t wasn't getting a 2nd prepay credit card just to please PayPal. So I nagged and nagged and nagged. Until they rang me to talk me through the password reset. All I needed was the account holders email. And my contact phone number which is a company number used by a dozen people. Presto: easy peasy....

Similarly: last year year I dropped my sim. Couldn't find it. Popped into Vf store: 'dropped me sim, mate' (dude I never saw before) - 2 minutes and I had a new sim. No ID, no nothing checked. People are people. And whatever lock Apple throw at iCloud, people will be too stupid to make use of it. It's social engineering 101.

As to celebs? Gimme a break... Like, yes, Hilton. kardashian etc etc they did not know their little flics would 'leak'? hahhaaa

TJ Skywasher  Sep. 3, 2014 at 15:30

People are stupid when it comes to security, most are reactive instead of proactive, they wait until something happens then panic about it and do what's necessary. I've enabled two-step verification on all my online accounts that have it as an option. It's like backing up as well, I backup to Time Machine regularly, yet I find a lot of people don't bother until they lose everything. I get asked if I backup now can I retrieve all my lost files or my entire hard drive lol Sorry love, if you've lost the entire contents of your hard drive then backing it up now isn't going to change that.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2014 at 15:51

People are stupid when it comes to security, most are reactive instead of proactive, they wait until something happens then panic about it and do what's necessary. I've enabled two-step verification on all my online accounts that have it as an option. It's like backing up as well, I backup to Time Machine regularly, yet I find a lot of people don't bother until they lose everything. I get asked if I backup now can I retrieve all my lost files or my entire hard drive lol Sorry love, if you've lost the entire contents of your hard drive then backing it up now isn't going to change that.

I back up everything locally. I only use cloud services for images I need to access from multiple locations. And they are not nudies :p

lcurdie / MOD  Sep. 3, 2014 at 16:22

People are stupid when it comes to security, most are reactive instead of proactive, they wait until something happens then panic about it and do what's necessary. I've enabled two-step verification on all my online accounts that have it as an option. It's like backing up as well, I backup to Time Machine regularly, yet I find a lot of people don't bother until they lose everything. I get asked if I backup now can I retrieve all my lost files or my entire hard drive lol Sorry love, if you've lost the entire contents of your hard drive then backing it up now isn't going to change that.

I back up everything locally. I only use cloud services for images I need to access from multiple locations. And they are not nudies :p


I reckon 'Stuhlmacher nudes' is one scandal we can live without ;)

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