Yesterday we reported that there is something major going on at Apple Stores this weekend as Apple celebrates the 10th anniversary of their retail chain. Things get installed and employees have to work night shifts. On Sunday there is an all hands meeting. My gut feeling tells me that Apple releases the new MacBook, but BGR has a totally different take today. BGR' sources say that Apple is about to launch NFC (Near Field Communication) payment system in the Apple Stores.
Apparently there have been preparations in the Apple Stores underway already. New tables and wiring have been installed without explanations. It is clear that Apple wants to push NFC for payments eventually. Early iPhone 5 rumors saw NFC part of the hardware design. Recent rumors did though again push NFC aside.
The only way Apple could launch NFC now is with the release of an NFC accessory for the iPhone. A little add-on you connect to your iPhone when you need to make a payment by waving your iPhone. Ideally Apple connects your iTunes account with the NFC accessory.
There is already an NFC accessory for the iPhone developed by Wireless Dynamics that got already announced in 2009. Visa and Canada based Wireless Dynamics launched a payment service in Europe powered by the Wireless Dynamics iCarte accessory earlier this year. Maybe Apple struck a deal with this company to bring the iCarte
NFC for the iPhone or however Apple will call it could be huge and worthy to celebrate the Apple Store 10th anniversary.