Apple is rumoured to be considering including payment-receiving terminal capabilities in its upcoming iPad Pro tablet.
Although not officially announced, there has long been speculation Apple is developing a 12.9-inch tablet under the working title “iPad Pro”, with a screen size significantly larger than either the 9.7-inch iPad Air or the 7.9-inch iPad mini 3.
The device is rumoured to include a stylus, with the larger screen size allowing it to compete head-to-head against Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3.
Citing a “person familiar with Apple’s future product plans”, AppleInsider reports the new device will include NFC capabilities.
According to the report, because the tablet is too large to be a convenient tap-to-pay device, it is likely NFC will be used for simplified pairing with accessories or as a payment terminal for Apple Pay.
Aside from NFC, the report also claims the new device will feature a USB-C connector, and a new next-generation processor.