For quite a few years, Apple has made Apple Pay extremely easy to use, and one of its best ease-of-use tricks is to allow NFC-powered Apple Pay to launch the instant it detects an NFC signal. The user doesn't have to launch an app, or even to click on anything. The phone can be in airplane mode as well as not riding local Wi-Fi. Mere proximity to the signal does it all, with a quick finger scan or face glance being all that is needed to make the transaction happen.

Now, with iOS 12, Apple wants to share that magic with the industry, via an SDK. Well, not quite, but it's starting along that path.

Apple has been surprisingly quiet about this change, not even mentioning it during its Apple Developer Conference about iOS 12. Apple has also ignored Computerworld's request to discuss this new capability and hasn't been quoted on it anywhere that we can find.

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