It looks like Apple is looking for enabling NFC (near field communication) feature on its upcoming iPhone device this year as in a recent interview, MasterCard’s chief emerging payments officer Ed McLaughlin hinted of such a possibility.
During an interview with Fast Company when asked about such a possibility, McLaughin said :-
“The timeline is always as rapid as it makes sense for consumers,” he says. “That’s a combination of having a critical mass of the merchants, which is what you’re seeing right now, and getting devices into the hands of consumers. I don’t know of a handset manufacturer that isn’t in process of making sure their stuff is PayPass ready.”
So that would include Apple then?
“Um, there are…like I say, [I don't know of] any handset maker out there,” McLaughlin says. “Now, when we have discussions with our partners, and they ask us not to disclose them, we don’t.”
Until now, only few Android devices have such capability via Google Wallet and with Apple enhancing iPhone’s capability to perform in-store purchases, it’s quite likely that Apple would enhance the experience by taking out the adventure outside its retail stores.