Bloomberg reports that Apple will have a special Japan model of the iPhone to support a new technology called FeliCa. FeliCa is Japan’s tap-to-pay standard that allows users to pay for things like mass-transit rides.
The technology was developed by Sony and allow users to store train and buss passes on its mobile devices. Adding the feature to the iPhone will allow users to store their passes on the iPhone, something that hasn’t been achievable with previous iPhone models.
While FeliCa is the largest mobile transaction provider in Japan, supported by 1.9 million payment terminals, there are several other transit payment cards available within the country. Bloomberg says Apple will work with multiple providers in order to reach as many customers as possible.