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By Rex Santus2014-09-30 15:50:48 UTC

After last week’s buggy iOS 8.0.1 update, Apple’s latest mobile software isn’t attracting tons of fanfare.

But this might get you excited about iOS 8 again.

Hidden settings on the iOS 8.1 beta include a string of code that references Apple Pay and Touch ID (Apple’s mobile fingerprint scanner) support on iPads, according to a report from MacRumors.

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

Developer Hamza Sood first shared a screenshot of iOS 8.1 Apple Pay settings and privacy disclosure information he discovered on Twitter.

Looks like the next iPad is getting Touch ID

— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) September 30, 2014

While Apple Pay uses NFC (near-field communication) technology, which will eventually let users pay for things by waving their phone at checkout, the beta code hints that it would be used for in-app purchases on the iPad.

Apple Pay settings and privacy

— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) September 30, 2014

For the confused: Apple Pay on iPad with Touch ID is just for purchasing things through apps. Not NFC or anything like that

— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) September 30, 2014

Thus far, Apple Pay has only been announced for iPhone 6 models and the Apple Watch, though it has been rumored that the next-generation iPads will include Touch ID.

Apple Pay is expected to launch in October.

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