Benjamin Vigier a Near Field Communications (NFC) expert has recently joined Apple as their Product Manger for Mobile Commerce that could indicate Apple is looking to step into allowing the iPhone to be used as a mobile wallet.
Together with a number of patents all NFC related recently filed by Apple recently adds to the speculations weight.
‘Most recently Vigier was product manager for mobile wallet, payment and NFC at US mobile payments specialist mFoundry. There he conceived and managed both the PayPal Mobile service and Starbucks’ barcode-based mobile payments service and was also responsible for the development of mobile wallet applications for two top US mobile network operators and an NFC wallet application for a top three US bank.’
Of course Apple hasn’t released any information as to exactly what Benjamin Vigier will be working on at Apple but together with the patents it will be interesting to see what commercial products become reality from Apple.