As the announcement of iPhone 7 is just a few days away, the next-gen flagship smartphone from Apple is reported to support Tap-To-Pay for subways in Japan. The new feature will allow users to pay for mass-transit rides with their iPhone instead of physical payment cards.

The upcoming iPhone will come with a technology named FeliCa, a mobile tap-to-pay standard in Japan developed by Sony Corp. The chip is equipped to process a transaction in 0.1 seconds. As compared to Apple Pay, it’s easy and provides swift transaction.

Apple Plans iPhone for Japan With Tap-to-Pay for SubwaysA FeliCa card, developed by Sony, with detachable IC modules. Source: Sony Corp.

iPhone 7 to Feature Tap-To-Pay for Subways in Japan

“Apple Inc. is planning a new iPhone feature for Japan that will enable users to pay for mass-transit rides with their smartphones instead of physical payment cards. A future iPhone will include the technology called FeliCa, a mobile tap-to-pay standard in Japan developed by Sony Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.” – Bloomberg

The FeliCa chip will allow users in Japan to store their store their public bus and train passes on their smartphones. Then, they will just need to tap their phones against the entrance scanners to make a quick payment.

“The FeliCa chip will let customers in Japan store their public bus and train passes on their iPhones. Users would then be able to tap their phones against the entrance scanners instead of using physical cards. While the FeliCa chip is the standard technology underlying the service, there are several different providers of transit payment cards based on the type of transit and areas within Japan.”

Apart from supporting the transit-pass network, the FeliCa chip can also be used to store e-money which is an electric form of currency accepted at vending machines, café and convenience stores in Japan.

As per reports, the Cupertino-based company is planning to work with some card providers like Suica and Pasmo networks.

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