A few months ago, Apple official announced “Tap to Pay,” a feature that allows merchants to accept payments using a compatible iPhone without the need for third-party hardware. Although it is not yet available, it seems that the Cupertino company is already using this new feature in its Apple Park Visitor Center. As noted by MacRumorsTwitter user @NTFTWT tweeted a video showing an Apple store associate accepting an Apple Pay contactless payment from a customer using only their iPhone. As we can see, the two iPhones touched slightly, and the system cost the necessary money without the need for other devices.
The Apple Park Visitor Center is one of the few Apple stores in the US that supports contactless payment directly from an iPhone. Great to see in person! pic.twitter.com/GiFDiL56OO
— Michael (@NTFTWT) May 15, 2022
While Tap to Pay is great for receiving payments, keep in mind that you have a iPhone XS or later to use it. Apple’s new payment feature works with Apple Pay, but also supports contactless credit and debit cards and other digital wallets. Tap to Pay will be available in the United States later in 2022, but no other countries have been announced yet.
Currently, if a merchant wants to use their iPhone to accept payments, they will need a third-party device, such as the Square Reader, which must be connected to the iPhone in order to work.
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