The carriers' Isis wallet has yet to launch
, and Google's mobile wallet, which is over a year old, is still trying to build momentum with banks, carriers and device makers. Despite their head start, these competitors do not have enough scale to present an imminent threat. (Image: ThinkStock)
Patents 'In Progress'
Though Apple has numerous patents
describing NFC-based payment systems, its final products often evolve from those original designs. In its testing, Apple may have decided to change course with any planned payment system. (Image: ThinkStock)
Apple's newest iPhone is thinner and lighter than previous models. Apple often reshapes and redesigns components to fit a smaller package, but an NFC chip and antenna may have added too much bulk. Pictured: Apple's Phil Schiller (Image: Bloomberg News)