Apple announced support for NFC stickers/tags that trigger Apple Pay for payment without having an app installed. Note that NFC stands for near field communication, which is part of the RFID, radio frequency identification technologies. NFC technology is a newer standard setup especially for payments since it operates at a maximum range of about 4 inches (10 centimeters) and can be set up for one- or two-way communications. NFC also has two other modes, both of which involve dynamic, two-way communication: card emulation and P2P (peer-to-peer).

Imagine tapping your phone on a scooter or a parking-meter and paying for it without signing up or downloading an app first. Apple Pay is Apple’s mobile payment service, which lets iPhone 6 and up users and Apple Watch owners make payments using NFC with their devices. Apple Pay is available in 24 countries around the world in participating retail stores and apps.

Now with NFC stickers or tags, when you tap these stickers, you will be able to make an Apple Pay payment quickly and easily. Apple is partnering with Bird (a scooter company), Bonobos (a clothing store) and PayByPhone parking meters for the rollout of the service. With the latter service, you can pay a parking meter with Apple Pay and then add more time to your meter from anywhere, so your parking doesn’t expire.

Apple is also planning on an instant enrollment feature for loyalty cards in the Wallet app in the near future. Dairy Queen, Panera Bread, Yogurtland, Jimmy John’s, Dave & Busters, and Caribou Coffee are all planning to launch services later this year that will use NFC tags allowing customers to sign up for loyalty cards.

 

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