Apple To Bring NFC To iPad 2 And iPhone 5

iPhone maker Apple is reportedly on the look-out for at least three engineers specialising in NFC payment technologies.

According to Apple Insider, the company is planning to add near-field communications (NFC) technology to the upcoming versions of its iPhone and iPad devices, set to allow users to make mobile payments with a wave of their device.

Of the job openings at Apple, on is for an iPhone test engineer with expertise in RIFD technology, a part of NFC that can be used to facilitate retail transactions. The other two positions are for 'Manager Global Payment Platforms'. The managers will be responsible for taking care of customer payments and managing business relations through iTunes and Apple's retail outlets.

The news has been confirmed by Bloomberg, which reports that Apple is indeed planning on including support for NFC technology on the next iPhone version for AT&T and the iPad 2.

Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group told Bloomberg that Apple engineers working on the hardware for NFC have confirmed the news.