FORTUNE -- "Mobile payments remains a future opportunity," wrote Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty in her note to clients about Monday's WWDC keynote.
"Apple's 575 million active accounts, which is tracking ahead of our 600 million year-end 2013 estimate, is the largest credit-card linked account base, making it an obvious payments platform over time. Apple often saves new feature/service introductions for its hardware refresh – most notably Siri with iPhone 4S (Oct. 4, 2011)." [edited slightly to unpack abbreviations]
And sure enough, on Tuesday morning the U.S. Patent Office granted Apple (AAPL) 37 patents that included, as Patently Apple reports, an "E-Wallet" patent for parental controls and a "simplified wireless data transfer" patent that would allow an iPhone to make mobile payments without relying on NFC (near field communication) technologies.
Of course, just because Apple patents a technology doesn't mean it will develop it. But at this point the company has amassed quite an arsenal of patents covering mobile payments. Patently Apple has collected them in its Archives.
Apple's next big thing, an analyst speculates, is more likely to be mobile payments
FORTUNE -- If I didn't already agree with him, Mike Moskowitz's note to clients Thursday would have convinced me.
"We do not expect Apple TV this year," wrote J.P. Morgan's chief Apple (AAPL) watcher. "Our research does not indicate any looming TV-related product launch, and our model does not incorporate any potential impact from a TV device at this time. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 3, 2012 11:49 AM ET
Google and other companies say Near Field Communications will change the way consumers interact with merchants. Too soon?
FORTUNE -- As mobile commerce emerges, companies like Google (GOOG), Square, and reportedly Apple (AAPL) are placing their bets on some form of mobile payment where the users' smartphone becomes a credit transactional device. On Monday, Jack Dorsey's startup Square, which reported the shipment of 500,000 Square card readers and processing of $3 MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 25, 2011 11:58 AM ET
New York and San Francisco will be the testing grounds for the new technology.
According to a Bloomberg report today, Google (GOOG) will be testing its Near Field Communications (NFC) payment systems in the next four months, in the New York and San Fransisco areas. NFC payment systems aren't new. They've been deployed in Japan and other markets for almost a decade.
Google will pay for installation of thousands of special cash-register MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 15, 2011 10:40 AM ET
Eric Schmidt showed off some new features of Samsung's Nexus S Smartphone today at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Conference today.
It looks like a big differentiator in Android 2.3, Gingerbread will be the support for Near Field Communications (NFC). Conveniently, the Google Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung will carry the hardware to be able to use the new software and allow developers to build applications like electronic payment systems into MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 15, 2010 10:16 PM ET
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