Apple iPhone 5 mobile payment wild card

The new iPhone 5 with iOS 6 is due to be released in September.  Historically Apple has set the trends in Smart Phones which others have followed, but this time around the iPhone 5 will need to respond to the challenge laid down by the Android phones some of which already have Near Field Communications (NFC) payment capabilities.  Rumours are rife that Apple will integrate NFC with the new iOS 6 Passbook iWallet, giving Apple the ability to leverage markets such as mobile payments, ticketing, coupons, loyalty programs and secure access.

It is estimated that Apple has over 250 Million active registered iTunes accounts each with valid Credit Card details to allow for app purchases, which would give Apple a significant advantage in the mobile payments race making Apple the Wild Card in the mobile payments pack.

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