updated 01:10 pm EST, Mon November 25, 2013
Technology seems directed at Apple retail stores
Apple is searching for a "payments software engineer" who will "help build a next generation payment platform," according to a new job listing. The platform is said to integrate payment devices, middleware, and acquirers that will "push the boundaries in new markets for Apple Retail." Candidates will ideally have experience in fields like banking, e-commerce, card industries, and/or retail, and familiarity with technologies such as chip-and-PIN systems, bank messaging, and regional payment standards like Interac (Canada) and EFTPOS (Australia).
On the surface the listing appears to suggest an upgrade of the payment system in Apple Stores, rather than a long-rumored NFC-based system usable by the public at any supporting vendor. Apple Stores currently handle payments mostly through iPod touches fitted with custom cases.