When you're active in the intersection of order & pay & mobile like us, from time to time you get an inspired client shouting: "wouldn't it be cool that you just have to tap your phone on a device and the payment is confirmed". My typical response - just to get expectation management right from the start - was that such scenarios were absolutely cool... but not really realistic due to the fact that a high number of above average spenders have an iPhone, and that Apple was blocking the usage of NFC
for external devices. The usual next unfolding action is the client throwing their hands in the air, wondering why nothing in IT can just be... simple.
For all my clients in despair, Apple is finally coming back from the fortress strategy they were building for the past 4 years (NFC was introduced by Apple on iPhone from version 6 in September 2014). Maybe they start to believe that open ecosystems aren't that bad at all, or maybe they just want to come up with another reason to make you buy the new iPhone Xs, Xs Max or iPhone Xr. Whatever the reason, these iPhones have the capability to understand nearby NFC tags and they can open an app on the mobile phone.