After years of controversy, including a rather long battle with Australian Banks, Apple has finally succumbed to the publics demand.
For a more detailed look, follow this link to Apples Dev page
Previously, NFC technology was available to roughly 50% of the Australian Market, as half use Android. With this new release, virtually 100% of the market can use NFC technology which means accessibly will arrive at an all time high and subsequently opportunities for NFC technology may more than double.
You've gotta commend Apple for finally conceding their intentions to put a stranglehold on their NFC usage,
By Rian Boden NFC World 2/12/15
Almost two thirds of Australian consumers (64%) prefer contactless payments to cash and 66% prefer using tap and go to entering their PIN for transactions under $100, research from Mastercard reveals. “Shoppers in West Australia have the highest preference for contactless payments in the country (72%), followed by shoppers in New South Wales (67%), Victoria and Tasmania (66%),” the payment network says.