Katy Huberty, a Morgan Stanley analyst, predicts that Apple may be releasing a mobile wallet application on the nest version of iOS.
The mobile wallet, or if you ask Huberty the “killer app”, would be released as part of Apple’s iOS 7, which is expected to be previewed at a Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Huberty isn’t the only analyst to think Apple may be adding this “Killer App” to there iPhone operating system. Apple analyst, Gene Munster also thinks a digital wallet is in Apple’s near future. The only difference is that Munster believes the killer app will not be released on the iOS for another year or two.
Apple has already tested the waters in this area last year when they introduced Passbook. However, Passbook is not a true digital wallet because it does not let you pay for items directly through your phone. Instead Passbook allows you to store digital coupons, which you have the ability to sync with a membership card at retailers to pay for items.
With the addition of this killer app to iOS and iOS devices may require apple to support near-field communications (NFC) on there devices. Android, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry 10 all already support NFC, but Apple, thus far, has been resisting the technology.
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