Why NFC in the iPad Air 2 is a big deal for small businesses

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The iPad Air 2 is starting to make its way into people’s homes (here are some early thoughts) — and as usual, iFixit took one and tore it down to its components. Inside there was one big surprise: An NFC Controller, model number NXP 65V10, which is the same chip that’s in the iPhone 6.

iPad Air chips, photo courtesy iFixit. Inside the little green box is the iPad NFC controller iPad Air chips, photo courtesy iFixit. Inside the little green box is the iPad NFC controller

Apple hasn’t officially mentioned the new NFC chip in the iPad, and there doesn’t seem to be a use for it at the moment. Although the iPad Air 2 supports Apple Pay, it’s for online shopping — so you won’t see anyone tapping their 10-inch slate at a McDonald’s or Walgreens. Apple has declined to bring in-store Apple Pay to the iPad, although considering the newfound NFC chip it’s certainly theoretically possible. Using an iPad for mobile payment checkouts could even look…

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