A teardown of Apple's iPad Air 2 turned up a surprise: an NFC module.
According to iFixit, the NXP 65V10 NFC Controller is the same one that Apple uses for Apple Pay in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The same chip also appears inside Apple's iPad Mini 3, iFixit found.
Apple Pay lets users check out at retail stores by tapping their phones against a payment terminal, but that feature isn't currently available to iPad users. While some reviews speculated that the new iPads simply lacked the necessary NFC chip, iFixit's teardown proves otherwise.
It's unclear why Apple hasn't enabled Apple Pay checkouts on the iPad, though it could be a bit awkward to brandish a tablet at the cash register.