Apple neemt creditcardbetalingen op de schop (2) infographic
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iOS- update maakt betalingsterminal van iPhone (2)

By Ninian Carter

February 11, 2022 - Apple is developing a way for small businesses to turn their iPhones into payment terminals – negating the need for third-party hardware.

In what could be a massive shake-up of the credit card payment business, Apple is said to be developing iPhone software that will allow a small business to use the smartphone to accept credit card payments, rendering costly third-party point of sale hardware, such as the market-leading Square Reader, obsolete.

Apple has been working on the new feature since it bought Canadian startup Mobeewave for $100m in 2020. The firm specialised in developing technology for smartphones to accept credit card payments using the devices’ Near Field Communication (NFC) chip/antenna.

Given that modern iPhones contain an NFC system already, it is most likely the new functionality will be included in a future iOS update – possibly iOS 15.4 – and be bundled in as part of existing Apple Pay technology.

There are over 11 billion EMV chip credit cards in circulation worldwide – cards with an embedded smart chip that stores data needed to process a transaction.

EMV security technology was pioneered by Europay, MasterCard and Visa way back in 1994, and has become the standard for payments made with credit, debit, or prepaid smart cards.

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PUBLISHED: 16/03/2022; STORY: Graphic News
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