MIFARE has been a major missing piece of the Apple Pay Middleware stack. Adding it would open up Apple Pay Transit to more transit systems around the world.
It’s interesting how different story threads weave together. Taiwan has been running a huge “come visit Taiwan” campaign in Japan the past year or so. Even Mastercard Japan has been in the game highlighting how easy it is for Japanese iPhone users to use Apple Pay when visiting Taiwan. It’s probably the only credit card ad out there that promotes iPhone Apple Pay NFC switching.
I had just run across a Japanese notice put out by the Taiwanese Representative Office in Tokyo announcing that EasyCard and iPass will accept credit card recharge starting in October when a reader contacted me with some interesting NFC switching related EasyCard and iPass tech information: Tokens use FeliCa while IC cards use MIFARE, the NFC chips support both NFC-A and NFC-F as required by NFC certification.
What does it all mean and why is EasyCard and iPass credit card recharge starting in October? The timing certainly fits well with a new Apple iPhone Event but could mean nothing since the announcement is for plastic credit card recharge at a kiosk. From a system standpoint it could mean that Taiwan is getting ready to put EasyCard and iPass on Apple Pay Transit as credit card recharge needs to be in place before hosting a transit card system on a mobile wallet platform.
EasyCard/iPass Apple Pay Transit support requires MIFARE middleware and MIFARE has been a major missing piece so far in Apple Pay. Having that in the iOS 12 official release would open up Apple Pay Transit for native EasyCard and iPass card support. Support for MIFARE transit card systems in Korea, UK, Australia and North America would also be possible but requires the cooperation of local transit operators.
Apple Pay support of EasyCard and iPass would be great not only for iPhone users in Taiwan but a boon for inbound visitors too just like it is for inbound Apple Pay Suica users.
JCB announced J/Speedy Apple Pay service for Taiwan today. This means any Taiwanese customers with JCB cards can add them to Apple Pay. More importantly this means all those Japanese tourists that Taiwan has been advertising to can now spend money with Apple Pay JCB cards in Taiwan. In short iOS 11 NFC switching for FeliCa QUICPay at home and EMV J/Speedy in Taiwan.
WWDC18 is almost here with the usual wish lists appearing everywhere. Here is mine.
1) CoreText Reboot: as said before it’s time for Apple to revisit their long convoluted advanced layout architecture story yet again and rewrite it. Make Unicode rendering secure, offload rendering to the GPU, intelligently integrate OpenType Variable Type font capability, not via the creaky, crappy OS X era font pallet, and for goodness sakes migrate real vertical layout and other advanced typography goodies high level as possible across iOS and macOS. You know, the GX Vision thing. And don’t tell me Apple you don’t know what that means.
2) Apple Maps Cartography Reboot: the Justin O’Beirne era cartography must die before Apple Maps can be reborn into a fulfilling useful life. Also please use Japanese data suppliers that actually know how to read and write Japanese, and have been to Japan.
The Old Yahoo Inc. backend for the iPhone Stock app was changed recently and has completely lost the ability to search Japanese stocks in Japanese and display Japanese company names. The only way to add Japanese stocks is the English company name or the stock number which is the only ticker information displayed now. Unless you trade Japanese stocks for a living, nobody remembers them by code number.
In addition to those changes there is now a 20~30 minute lag before Japanese stock market prices are updated. The iPhone Stock app used to update Japanese market info within a minute or so and was very handy. Not anymore.
If this is Verizon’s idea if a stock market app backend for Japan, Apple needs to find a replacement ASAP.
KDDI am Wallet Prepaid users got a major update today with person to person payments and ‘Real-time’ Recharge. Person to person payments can be made between au Wallet Prepaid card users with just a phone number and name (kana). Real-time Recharge instantly recharges the exact amount needed if the stored value balance is short at purchase time. Both services are available to au iPhone customers via the updated au Wallet App.
One of the major gripes I had with au Wallet Prepaid was the limited recharge options at the time I used it (2015) and the creaky pre-Apple Pay credit card payment method. Having to sign like a credit card with a prepaid card was dumb but that was the price of using the Mastercard payment network before Apple Pay arrived in late 2016. au Wallet Prepaid is much more convenient in Apple Pay than it is in plastic.