Apple breaks into mobile payments

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iPhone 6 revealed, representing Apple’s first real step into mobile payments Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, showcasing the advanced design and new features of these devices. Notably, the iPhone 6 will be equipped with a larger screen, better hardware, and more support for mobile wallets and mobile payments. The device represents Apple’s first real foray into the mobile payment field. The company has been slow to warm to the concept of digital commerce due to security concerns and the lack of an effective technology…

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Apple embraces QR codes over NFC

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QR codes win the favor of Apple While QR codes may be popular in marketing, they are often considered to be the black sheep of the technology industry. Today’s technology field is very similar to the fashion industry, where form is as important as function. Technology developers are keen to create products that are visually appealing and QR codes do not typically fit in with their aesthetic interests. Apple, however, has been showing signs that it has no ill will when it comes to the matter of QR codes, especially…

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Mobile payments through Passbook popular at Sephora

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iPhone users are proving to be among the best customers at the beauty product company. Sephora USA Inc. has just revealed that Apple Passbook users are among its bets customers, as these mobile payments users will typically spend twice as much and as often as other shoppers. The retailer has used its Passbook pass to provide loyal customers with rewards and other benefits. According to Sephora, there have been more than 600,000 Beauty Insider loyalty cards that have already been registered by customers into their Passbook mobile payments wallets through…

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Mobile commerce app from Dunkin’ Donuts now includes Passbook payments

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Customers can now pay for their purchases using their Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. Dunkin’ Donuts has just announced that it has integrated its mobile commerce app and its digital payment cared to be able to work with the Apple wallet service called Passbook. The company hopes that this will make purchasing more fast and easy for consumers with those devices. Those customers who carry an iPod Touch or an iPhone can now add their Dunkin’ Donuts digital stored value cards to their Passbook accounts so that they can use…

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Mobile payments at Starbucks allow customers to leave tips

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This new function will be implemented by the summer of 2013. Starbucks has announced that its mobile payments system will soon be including a feature that will allow customers to leave a digital tip for baristas, and that this will likely become available as of next summer. A similar ability will also be available through the Square program to be implemented in November. This additional mobile payments system at Starbucks will also give customers the chance to leave tips for the baristas when they purchase their coffees. In order to…

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iPhone 5 mobile wallet based on Apple Passbook

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  This new feature skips the NFC chip and uses barcodes, instead. The iPhone 5 release is being seen as yet another Apple success and although the technology manufacturer has turned up its nose at near field communication it has still taken an important step forward in mobile commerce. Instead of NFC, it has opted to create its own type of virtual mobile wallet. These new devices feature faster wireless technology and a larger screen with better overall performance, but they also have the latest Apple iOS 6 operating system,…

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Passbook may be the cornerstone of Apple’s NFC endeavors

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Apple continues to show interest in NFC technology There has been a great deal of buzz concerning Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5. When it was discovered that the much anticipated mobile device would be equipped with NFC technology, those with a keen interest in everything Apple began speculating about the mobile device’s future capabilities, especially in terms of mobile commerce. SITA, a company specializing in IT and telecommunication services for the airline industry, believes that the phone’s use of NFC technology will be encompassed in Apple’s Passbook. Passbook may embody Apple’s…

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