Starbucks customers in the UK will soon be able to pay for their Hazelnut Latte or Strawberry Frappuccino using their iPhone. This is made possible by utilising the smartphone's camera to scan a barcode which then requests the required amount from the user's Starbucks prepaid card.
The iPhone payment system is quicker than using a regular credit or debit card, as the customer won't have to enter a pin number to pay for items. Starbucks customers in the United States might already be familiar with this system, which was introduced in 8,000 stores from the beginning of this year. Since then, over 20 million iPhone payments have been made, with both Apple and the Seattle-based global coffee shop chain hailing the pilot as a success.
The app, which has recently been made available to Android users in America, also allows customers to check the credit on their Starbucks card, as well as top it up and check the level of their reward points.
The technology is expected to be rolled out at the 700 coffee shops across the UK from January 5th next year.
Meanwhile, analysts believe that Apple is likely to integrate NFC in the iPhone 5 next year, which would see the introduction of an 'i-Wallet' feature for mobile payments.