iOS 8.1 includes Hidden settings for Apple Pay, hints at Touch ID support in next-gen iPads

Apple has just seeded iOS 8.1 beta to developers, which includes some improvements and changes.

Developer Hamza Sood has just tweeted screenshots from iOS 8.1, which reveals some interesting details.

The first screenshot as you can see below reveals a new Settings pane for Apple Pay that will be available in the Passbook app. It looks like the new Settings pane will give users the option to add a new credit or debit card, set a credit or debit card as default, access billing and shipping address, email address and phone. When you click on the Apple Pay and Privacy link, it provides information about the things that will be sent to Apple and provided by Apple to the card issuer and payment network for verification and fraud detection.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the yet-to-be-launched Apple Watch include NFC that will allow users to make payments at over 220,000 retail outlets in the U.S. using Touch ID and also in apps supporting Apple Pay. Apple has said that it will launch Apple Pay in October, so it does look like iOS 8.1 will be the software update to include the feature. Apple is yet to enable these settings for Apple Pay for developers, but we expect it to be enabled when it is released to the public.

Sood has also found the following code strings in iOS 8.1 code, which seems to suggest that the next generation iPads will include support for Touch ID.

Pay with iPad using Touch ID. With Apple Pay, you no longer need to type card numbers and shipping information.

It remains to be seen if the second generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini will include NFC, or it will only allow users to authenticate transactions in apps supporting Apple Pay with Touch ID.

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