It’s been a long time since theis no longer just for making calls, having fun and surfing and the . From now on, it can also act as a key to open a hotel room or to start a . Soon, he could add a new string to his bow: payment terminal.
According to , would indeed intend to add this new functionality on the occasion of a next update of (15.4). It would be a logical continuation after the acquisition, two years ago, of the startup Mobeewave, which specializes in this technology. Becoming a payment terminal will also be made possible by the presence of a chip in L’ .
However, many gray areas remain, starting with whether this new feature will be directly integrated into Apple Pay or whether it will be the subject of a newspecific. It also remains to be seen whether payments will only be accepted from another or any terminals with an NCF chip.
In any case, the idea would be to make it possible to collect payments with, without the intermediary of a dedicated terminal as is the case today. This would mainly concern small payments between individuals or between customers and auto-entrepreneurs/SMEs (deliverymen, restaurateurs, hairdressers, etc.). However, no ceiling has been communicated by Bloomberg.
As usual, this new service should be offered exclusively in the United States, before (perhaps) being extended to the rest of the world.