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#42956 - 11/30/16 10:15 AM scanner built into my screen?
Virtual1 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
JUST got in one of the new mbp "touchbar" models and was setting it up, and it asked me to set up apple pay. ok. but wait, it wants me to put my credit card up against the screen, it has a little rectangle for "place credit card here".... so.... is there a barcode reader or a scanner built into this display or what??? I could see them asking me to hold it up to the camera, but no, they want me to hold it against the screen.
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#42961 - 11/30/16 12:53 PM Re: scanner built into my screen? [Re: Virtual1]
joemikeb Offline

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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
…and the result is❓Were you successful in setting up Apple Pay by holding your credit card
  • up to the screen❓
  • in front of the screen where it can be seen by the FaceTime camera❓
  • against the screen where it could be scanned❓
  • you were unable get it to work❓
Curious readers, or at least one curious reader, want to know❗️
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#42963 - 11/30/16 01:37 PM Re: scanner built into my screen? [Re: joemikeb]
Virtual1 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
I didn't actually try it, I have no reason to set up Apple Pay on a work computer. But it was extremely interesting that it looked like it wanted to scan the card via the display panel.

I assumed it was a sierra thing... but maybe requires some "special hardware" in the new computer.....
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#42965 - 11/30/16 02:04 PM Re: scanner built into my screen? [Re: Virtual1]
joemikeb Offline

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Registered: 08/04/09
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It is a Sierra thing, but not on every Mac.
Originally Posted By: Apple Help
If your Mac has a Touch Bar, use Wallet & Apple Pay preferences to add the credit, debit, prepaid, and store cards you want to use to make payments on websites that support Apple Pay. {emphasis added}
That answers your "special hardware" speculation. The Wallet and Apple Pay preference pane only appears when a Touch Bar is present.

I drilled down a little further in Apple Help and found…
Originally Posted By: Apple Help
Set up Apple Pay on your Mac
Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Wallet & Apple Pay.

…<snip>...

Add a new card: Position your card in front of your computer’s camera so that it appears within the frame shown on the screen, then follow the onscreen instructions. Or click Enter Card Details Manually, then provide the requested information. Repeat for each card you want to use with Apple Pay. {emphasis added}
Which satisfied my curiosity. You hold the card up in front of the screen so it may be seen by the FaceTime camera.
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#42966 - 11/30/16 02:05 PM Re: scanner built into my screen? [Re: joemikeb]
Virtual1 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: joemikeb
Position your card in front of your computer’s camera so that it appears within the frame shown on the screen,

THAT would be it! That explains why the frame looked a little too small on my screen also.

I hope I'm not the only one trying to place their credit card ON the screen...
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#42967 - 11/30/16 02:09 PM Re: scanner built into my screen? [Re: Virtual1]
joemikeb Offline

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Originally Posted By: Virtual1
THAT would be it! That explains why the frame looked a little too small on my screen also.
Experience with Wallet on iOS devices indicates the frame on the screen will, within limits, adjust to the dimensions of the card presented.
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