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Apple moves into P2P payments space

06 June 2017  |  18345 views  |  1 Apple iPhone

Apple is to challenge Venmo and bank-backed network Zelle by introducing peer-to-peer payments as part of a forthcoming update to its mobile operating system.

The new feature enables users to send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet.

When users get paid, they receive the money in a new Apple Pay Cash account. They can use the digital cash instantly to send to someone, make purchases using Apple Pay in stores, apps and on the web, or transfer it from Apple Pay Cash to their bank account.

Apple is partnering with prepaid payment card company Green Dot on the virtual Apple Pay Cash card, viewed by some as a stepping stone to the creation of a full bank-like payment service.

The popularity of mobile P2P payments among young American consumers was emphasised in a recent Bank of America survey, with more than a third of millennials using services such as Zelle and Venmo to pay each other back.

However, unlike Zelle and Venmo, Apple's service will only work across its own devices.

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Ronald Somerville
Ronald Somerville - 5pm.co.uk - Glasgow 06 June, 2017, 09:54

Hmmm...."the virtual Apple Pay Cash card, viewed by some as a stepping stone to the creation of a full bank-like payment service".  

I have been saying for some time that "sorting payments" is  something that Apple should do. Think of all those iPad pos's...

 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/apple-payments-jigsaw-ronnie-somerville

That would be "like a glass of iced water to a person  in hell" - to merchants.

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