'Tap to Pay on iPhone' feature shows up in second iOS 15.4 beta

Apple Tap To Pay Iphone Terminal
Apple Tap To Pay Iphone Terminal (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • The second developer beta of iOS 15.4 includes reference to Apple's new "Tap to Pay on iPhone" feature.
  • The feature is expected to launch for businesses in the spring.

The latest developer beta of iOS gives us our first glimpse of Apple's new "Tap to Pay on iPhone" feature.

Spotted by MacRumors the second developer beta of iOS 15.4 includes reference to the new feature in the code of the beta release. Of course, the feature is not released yet so users with the iOS 15.4 beta installed will be unable to use it just yet.

Tap to Pay on iPhone is enabled in the latest beta, but it does require third-party providers to add support, so it is not yet available for use. There are no outward-facing signs of it that are visible to end users, but there's a new "PaymentReceived" sound file and images that show off the Tap to Pay interface.

The feature, which Apple announced earlier today, will allow business owners to accept payments from customers with just their iPhone - no other hardware required.

Apple today announced plans to introduce Tap to Pay on iPhone. The new capability will empower millions of merchants across the US, from small businesses to large retailers, to use their iPhone to seamlessly and securely accept Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets through a simple tap to their iPhone — no additional hardware or payment terminal needed. Tap to Pay on iPhone will be available for payment platforms and app developers to integrate into their iOS apps and offer as a payment option to their business customers. Stripe will be the first payment platform to offer Tap to Pay on iPhone to their business customers, including the Shopify Point of Sale app this spring.

The inclusion of "Tap to Pay on iPhone" in the iOS 15.4 beta most likely means that both iOS 15.4 will support the feature and that it will be publicly rolled out in the spring as that is when "Tap to Pay" is expected to launch.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.