Who wants to buy some apples with their iPhone? We do! We do! And it looks like the possibility of that happening has grown stronger in the last few months.

First, back in August 2010, Apple hired, Benjamin Vigier, who is an expert in Near Field Communications.

Then, three days ago we told you how Apple is indeed planning on including NFC in its future mobile endeavors; endeavors, which would allow users to make purchases directly with their handsets.

Now, Apple has posted additional jobs: one for a global payments expert, and one for someone with RFID experience. Is this just a big coincidence, or are credit cards destined to go the way of the dodo?

Excerpt from Manager Global Payment Platforms job listing:

Global Payment Platforms is responsible for managing the customer payment options and business partnerships (internal and external) that allow Apple’s customers to purchase product at our Online Store, iTunes, and Retail stores. The group is cross functional in nature, and will focus on developing global solutions to support these business units.

The individual in this role will contribute to the analysis and development of new payment types and processes for the various business units. The goal is to maximize efficiencies and scalability across all platforms while reducing costs, increasing controls, and establishing and advancing best payment practices.

Excerpt from iPhone HW Test Engineer job listing:

You will be exposed to various fields as ICT, FCT, RF, Audio, Acoustics, Video, Sensors, …
You will be integral part of New Product Introduction and work cross-functionally with multiple Apple Engineering teams: PD, EE, SW, DFM, …

As you may be aware, RF is a form of NFC that’s currently in existence today. Perhaps you’ve heard of the term RFID?

Some credit card companies utilize that today with RF capabilities built right into their cards. This allows customer to simply “tap” their cards against a small kiosk, rather than swipe or punch in their numbers.

Reportedly, Apple removed the “ID” from “RFID” in their job description, so that it wouldn’t seem so blatantly obvious.

Apple, it’s still blatantly obvious what you’re doing.

Who’s ready to buy their groceries with their iPhones?

[AppleInsider] via [Engadget]

  • John Hynes

    RF just stands for “radio frequency”, which does not necessarily mean RFID. There are lots of jobs for RF engineers not related to RFID. This would include GSM, CDMA, HSPA, LTE, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, etc. Nah, none of those have anything to do with the iPhone!

    • John, the point I was trying to make is that it *did* say RFID, and then Apple later updated it to only say RF. I think they did this to cut down on the speculation.

  • Tanoodej

    I like the idea of NFC, but I’m a bit concerned with the security aspects. I know that there are people and equipment out there that can intercept RFID and use your personal information. So, that said…, I hope that the security will be tight with the NFC on the iPhone. An idea would be utilizing a PIN before activating the NFC. Well, lets see what Apple will come up with.

    • Tanoodej:

      Those are very real and valid concerns you expressed. They are my concerns as well.

      I’m sure if Apple is getting into this game, then they are going above in beyond to make it secure. A lack of security could spell a PR disaster for them otherwise.

      We saw what happened with what was a relatively minor antenna issue, so they know they can’t mess something like this up.

      I wouldn’t expect them to release it until they were absolute certain on its security.