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What is Apple Pay / NFC?

Apple Pay is a form of Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC is the standard for "contactless" payments, otherwise known as "tap to pay"

NFC and Apple Pay are the same technology - it's the wireless/contactless transmission of data, and it's widely used for credit card transactions. Wherever you see "Tap to Pay", you're seeing NFC in action. Apple Pay is simply the "Apple" version of NFC. As a technology, NFC is also used for other contactless data - think employee cards, bus passes, etc. While not all terminals are able to accept NFC, most will nowadays, and if you are currently accepting Apple Pay it means you are also able to accept all forms of NFC payments.

If you have an older processing device you may need to upgrade. If the device has been purchased in the last few years it very well may already have the NFC capabilities! NFC capable devices were introduced to the market well before the industry had software ready to utilized the new payment method. If you’re not sure about your device and its NFC ability just let us know and we’re happy to dive in to confirm! Most new terminals now include NFC as a base feature.

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