The introduction of mobile payments conducted over NFC has been a seriously bumpy ride for smartphones. NFC still fights to see wide manufacturer support, and even when the needed hardware is in place, power struggles between carriers, manufacturers, and financial institutions prevent the wide release of standards-compliant software (or even the formation of those standards to begin with). Still, we have hope for the future, if only because these companies have far too much invested to give up at this point. A MasterCard exec was recently discussing his company’s goals for NFC payments, and in doing so, he may have let slip a design spec for Apple’s next iPhone.
The exec skilfully avoided out-and-saying it, but strongly implied that Apple is at work on an NFC-compatible handset. Sure, we’ve been hearing this kind of talk for ages now, but the iPhone 4S arrived without any such feature in tow. According to MasterCard, at this point literally every manufacturer is getting involved with NFC. When pressed to confirm if that included Apple, the exec stopped short of directly saying so, but reiterated his earlier position that everyone’s doing it.