Apple brings new POS systems to retail stores to support mobile payments

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New POS systems are being introduces to Apple’s retail stores Apple is beginning to introduce new mobile point-of-sale (POS) systems to their physical retail stores. These POS solutions make use of the iPhone 5S and the company’s “EasyPay” system. The EasyPay system has been in place since 2009 and Apple has been using it to provide consumers with more convenience for several years. Apple’s interest in the mobile shopping space has been growing steadily over the past few years, but the company has been very cautious with its entrance into…

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Apple’s Passbook may already be a powerful mobile commerce platform

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Apple’s plans for mobile commerce are no secret Apple has been somewhat cautious when it comes to the matter of mobile commerce. The company does have an interest in the field, but has expressed concerns when it comes to the level of security that exists in the mobile commerce field as it exists currently. Much of mobile commerce is based on NFC technology, which facilitates the transmission of digital information over short distances. While NFC has aided the emergence of mobile commerce, it has also attracted numerous malicious parties to…

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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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The challenges, hopes and technology of NFC

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So why has Apple taken the path of least resistance in NFC technology? Many have been asking this question as well as what is NFC technology and how will it affect me? NFC stands for Near Field Communication. It’s a feature that’s come under a lot of scrutiny over the past few years but is quickly emerging as the one piece of technology we simply cannot live without. Tap without Apps NFC enables us to use our phones to pay for products, to pick up information with a tap and to share…

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QR codes used by Google Now for airport check ins

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The service has taken on Passbook with additional features such as camera search. Google has announced that it will be moving ahead to develop its Google Now predictive search assistant service by adding additional useful tools which will include the use of QR codes. The previous development of the service looks as though it could have been loosely based on Apple. However, the most recent Google Search app update, which has just recently been issued, allows the application to monitor the inbox of the mobile device user’s email in order…

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Apple may have missed promising opportunity with iPhone 5

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Lack of NFC technology may cost Apple The world of m-commerce news has been a flutter since Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 5 earlier this week. For months, speculation over whether the smart phone would be equipped with NFC technology has raged on and on. Some had expected Apple to make its powerful entry into the mobile commerce industry with its new mobile devices and applications designed specifically with NFC technology in mind (Passbook), but these expectations fell flat as the company announced that the iPhone 5 would not be…

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Apple debuts iPhone 5

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iPhone 5 officially announced by Apple Apple has officially announced its iPhone 5. For months, rumors have raged throughout the Internet regarding the mobile device and its capabilities. Many of these rumors hinted at the device would be equipped with NFC technology. These rumors were largely based on information concerning the Passbook application, which is to be a significant feature of the iOS 6 operating system, as well as leaked photographs showing the construction of the mobile device. Apple has revealed at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in…

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iPhone 5 may not feature NFC technology

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Anandtech investigates NFC technology and the iPhone 5 Apple has remained quiet as to its plans with NFC technology and the iPhone 5. When images showing off the front assembly of the iPhone 5 were leaked earlier this week, many concluded that the issue had been laid to rest and that the mobile device would include the technology. Some technology companies have published reports concerning the matter, claiming that the iPhone 5 will not be equipped with NFC technology when it is released. Anandtech, an online computer magazine, took a…

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Passbook to compete with Google Wallet

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Apple draws more attention to Passbook application The world of m-commerce news is awash with speculation over whether Apple’s iPhone 5 will actually be equipped with NFC technology. Leaked images of the device suggest that this will be the case, but Apple has been silent on the issue. The technology company has been drawing more attention to the Passbook application that will be a prominent feature of the iOS 6, however. Passbook will include a variety of features that are meant to make a mobile device a viable replacement for…

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Apple wins patent for iTravel application

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Apple continues to obtain patents for its iOS 6 platform The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a series of 23 patents that have been officially granted to technology giant Apple. One of the awarded patents is generating some buzz in the technology world due to its potential connection with the recently announced Passbook feature. Passbook is a feature that will be included in the upcoming release of the iOS 6 platform. This feature is expected to support a number of the operating system’s functions, especially those concerning the…

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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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