Touch & Go: Apple Pay Puts Payments in the Spotlight

The debut of Apple Pay puts mobile payments in the consumer spotlightThe release of Apple’s slick iPhone 6 series late last year marked the tech juggernaut’s first real foray into the mobile payments market.Apple Pay, a mobile-payment system powered by near-field ­communication (NFC), came preinstalled on every iPhone 6, with a ­promise that users would enjoy a shorter path to purchasing—and ­preordering—goods and services from their favorite merchants.Thanks to the iPhone’s Touch ID feature, Apple Pay may very well be the fastest mobile payment system on the market. There’s no need to open an app or navigate past a home screen; users simply place their thumb on the screen to kick-start the purchase process.Will the slickly designed feature finally persuade shoppers to swap their leather billfolds for digital ones? Or will Apple Pay go the way of the 4-year-old Google Wall

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