Apple reveals NFC sticker support for Apple Pay

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Apple Pay NFC tags could be a game changer.
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NFC support on the iPhone is about to get a lot more advanced real soon.

Apple revealed today that it is adding support for NFC stickers and tags that trigger Apple Pay for payment even if you don’t have the vendor’s app installed.

Once it launches to the public, all you’ll have to do to pay for an e-scooter, parking meter or self—shopping is bust out your iPhone, tap it on the sticker, verify your purchase with Touch ID or Face ID and you’re done. This will allow some companies to get rid of the big terminals required to facilitate Apple Pay transactions.

Apple Pay boss Jennifer Bailey announced the upcoming feature at the TRANSACT conference this morning in Las Vegas. Bird scooters, Bonobos, and PayByPhone (the parking-meters app) are the first companies partnering with Apple on the initial rollout.

The new feature will also give users the ability to instantly enroll in loyalty cards at grocery stores and other locations via the Apple Wallet app. Also instant-enrollment for loyalty cards in Apple Wallet is coming.

An exact launch date for NFC Apple Pay tags wasn’t revealed at the conference. More details will likely be announced during WWDC 2019 on June 3 in San Jose, California.