Earlier this year, Apple deployed new EasyPay devices to its retail store staff that support NFC. Combined with new NFC-capable payment processors and upgraded iBeacon systems within stores, it appears that Apple is making preparations to launch its iPhone-based mobile payments service in the near-future.
We first reported in May that Apple is preparing to launch an iPhone and iTunes-based mobile payments service, and that Apple executives were discussing plans with high-profile retailers. Other reports have indicated that major sales chain Nordstrom and pharmacies CVS and Walgreens are on-board with Apple as launch partners. To develop its mobile payments service, Apple assembled a team of former payments industry executives from JP Morgan Chase, eBay, and Visa, according to sources. Apple will announce the new iPhones, mobile payments service, and its new wearable device on Tuesday, September 9th, and we’ll have full coverage of all of the Apple announcements, so stay tuned.