On Tuesday morning, Apple announced its upcoming Tap to Pay service on iPhone, which should allow merchants and businesses to accept Apple Pay, as well as contactless debit and credit cards, and digital wallets directly on an iPhone. .
The Tap to Pay feature will take advantage of the Near Field Communication (NFC) chip in an iPhone X or newer, enabling seamless contactless payments, without the need for additional hardware.
With today’s release of iOS 15.4 beta 2 for developers, we now have our first look at the Tap to Pay interface, discovered by Steve Moser (@SteveMoser).
Moser dug into the code for iOS 15.4 beta 2 to reveal the image above, which shows a contactless payment icon and the phrase “Hold Here to Pay”. It’s unclear if this is a final design UI image or just a temporary image for developers to test.
“Enter the Apple ID you want to use for your Apple Business Register account,” is the text found in the iOS 15.4 beta 2 code. “Hold your card or device to the seller’s iPhone and wait for the sound of the success,” Apple says, according to Moser’s findings.
Moser also adds that “users may need to remove Passes from their Apple Wallet to make room for the ‘Tap to Pay on iPhone’ feature.” There is a line in the code that says, “Unable to install contactless reader components due to insufficient secure memory space. Try removing some unused passes from Wallet”, along with the wording “Memory insufficient security.
Apple said in its press release that Tap to Pay on iPhone will be available for developers to integrate into their apps. An iOS Tap to Pay app will be released later to allow iPhone users to accept payments, starting with the US (of course).