After the release of iOS 11 and watchOS 4, Major League Baseball ran a pilot program testing out contactless tickets for six Oakland A’s games, TechCrunch reports. The league is working on expanding the contactless option for next season, allowing fans to save their tickets in Apple Wallet and simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a terminal just like they’d use Apple Pay. This marks the first time the NFC technology has been used for anything other than reward cards or gift cards, but it isn’t the first time the Oakland A’s have been the proving ground for tech solutions for tickets, as the team was the first to use ticketing via text massage in 2007.
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