Isis is a relatively new mobile payments solution that’s backed by three major U.S. carriers, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to be precise. It was confirmed last year that the service will be rolled out within the year, and sure enough on November 14th, Isis mobile payments went live across the U.S. Isis requires NFC or near field communication to function, which we all know isn’t present in iPhones. This means that millions of iPhone owners in the U.S. can’t use this service, though that might change with Incipio’s Cashwrap case.
Before the iPhone 5s was announced, it was rumored that the new smartphone might finally come with NFC, which would allow it to be compatible with Isis. iPhone 5s was announced back in September and it was confirmed that it won’t feature NFC. The Cashwrap case will supposedly allow payments to be made through the mobile payments service by incorporating a micro-NFC chip within the case itself, which when coupled with an app would allow payments to go through.
Incipio Cashwrap is rumored to be compatible with Apple’s most recent iPhones, which would include the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. It is believed that this case has already present in AT&T’s inventory, the carrier is expected to start selling it soon for $70. Though so far no official announcement has been made by AT&T, Isis or Incipio for that matter.