Apple is hoping to do away with credit cards forever with its new Apple Pay system - click here for the full details - but bank card giant MasterCard isn't giving up without a fight.
One of the big security features of Apple Pay is the use of the TouchID fingerprint scanner built into newer iPhones and the newest iPads. It's a quick way to verify you are who you say you are before the payment goes through.
In response, MasterCard is partnering with Zwipe to launch a new credit card with a built-in fingerprint scanner. The scanner gets power from the payment terminal to work, so there's no battery on the card to ever run down.
Plus, your fingerprint information is stored on the card itself, not on MasterCard's servers, so it's much harder for hackers to get.
The card will be available starting in 2015, but it's a Chip and PIN model, which means it's only going to be available overseas for now. As U.S. retailers roll out new payment terminals in response to this year's rash of hacks on older point-of-sale systems, it should eventually land in your wallet.
That assumes of course that Apple Pay hasn't already made actual cards obsolete by then, but I'm not holding my breath.
Apple and MasterCard aren't the only ones looking for the next thing in payments. Check out this crazy idea for an all-in-one card that stores everything about you.