Apple’s iPad Pro rumoured to include built-in Apple Pay payments terminal

Andrew Sadauskas /

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.

Andrew Sadauskas

Andrew Sadauskas is a former journalist at SmartCompany and a former editor of TechCompany.

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