The company that brought you the recently hacked iCloud has now announced “Apple Pay,” an iPhone 6 feature that allows users to make purchases with the touch of a finger.
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The new feature allows special tokens to be used for purchases after a credit card is “securely added” to the phone. According to Apple, actual credit card numbers are not stored on the device itself.
“Apple Pay is more secure than keeping cards in a wallet,” Apple said.
More than 220,000 companies including McDonalds, Whole Foods, Nike, Subway and Disney have already signed deals with Apple to implement the technology in their stores. The six largest banks as well as credit cards from Visa, MasterCard and American Express have also announced their support.
Despite the NSA’s ability to completely access almost all iPhone data through the DROPOUTJEEP program, Apple claims the new add-on to be secure from prying eyes.
“Apple doesn’t know what you bought, where you bought it, or how much you paid for it,” Apple said.
The system will undoubtedly push the public one step closer to a “cashless society.”