Apple Pay is Apple’s mobile payment platform and digital wallet for storing tickets, passes, and other digital assets. It can be used at most contactless payment terminals, as well as for making purchases on websites that have incorporated Apple Pay into their shopping cart. The Apple Pay iPhone app is also where you manage your Apple Card credit card. Apple Pay also includes Apple Pay Cash, a peer-to-peer payment system.

Apple Pay Austria Possibly Launching Tomorrow

· Andrew Orr · News

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Rumor has it that Apple Pay Austria is supposed to launch tomorrow, although we’re not sure which banks will support it at launch.

JCPenney Explains Apple Pay Removal

· Andrew Orr · Link

This morning we heard that JCPenney quietly removed support for Apple Pay from its stores. Now we have a better idea why.

The retailer now claims the move was necessitated by the April 13, 2019 deadline in the U.S. for supporting EMV contactless chip functionality. As of this date, all terminals at U.S. merchants locations that accept contactless payments must actively support EMV contactless chip functionality, and the legacy MSD (magnetic stripe data) contactless technology must be retired. JCPenney was not ready to comply, it seems, so it switched off all contactless payment options as a result. However, it hasn’t ruled out re-enabling them later on, it seems.

Uber Eats Adds Apple Pay

· Andrew Orr · News

Uber Eats is adding Apple Pay as a payment option in almost 20 markets, so it’s now easy to pay via Touch ID/Face ID.

Backlash Against Cashless Stores

· Andrew Orr · Link

There is no federal law that requires stores to accept cash, which was something that surprised me. So some stores are going cashless, but some argue this discriminates against poor people who don’t have a bank account and/or a fancy smartphone.

Advocates for cashless bans worry technology is moving too fast for the 6.5% of American households — 8.4 million — that do not have a bank account, according to figures from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Cashless is hard enough, but imagine if you walked into a store only to find out that it only accepts Google Pay. That might bring the reality a bit closer to home.

 

How to Transfer Money Out of Apple Pay Cash

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

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Apple is giving customers the option to transfer money out of Apple Pay Cash and into a bank account or a debit card.

Pay Bills With Apple Pay Using Doxo

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

A bill payment app called doxo is adding the ability to pay bills with Apple Pay. With doxo you already have a single account from which to pay your bills. With Apple Pay you now have a safe, secure way to pay them. Steve Shivers, doxo CEO, said:

This is just one of many steps we’re taking on our mission to greatly simplify and reduce the hassle of bill pay for our millions of users, and thereby bring new benefits to the billers on doxo.

doxo currently serves over 2.5 million users who make payments to over 45,000 local and national businesses, making doxo the largest bill pay directory in the nation. I looked at doxo’s privacy policy and it sounds legit, too. I’m not sure how this free app makes them money but it doesn’t sound like it’s from selling customer data. App Store: Free

Pay Bills With Apple Pay Using Doxo

Going Cashless is in Our Near Future

· Andrew Orr · Link

Jefferson Graham writes how going cashless is the future, with contactless payment apps like Apple Pay ushering this reality in.

“It seems that people are moving away from cash and technology is making it easier than ever to tap and go.” Advantage: faster checkout lines, and the elimination of fees for armored car cash pickups and fear from employees about getting robbed.

For the most part I’m already mostly cashless. The only thing I need cash for is laundry. For everything else I use a debit or credit card.

SXSW: CLEAR Expands Identity Verification from AirPort Security Lines to Point of Sale

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

CLEAR, the company whose members we all enviously gaze upon at the airport as they breeze past those of us in the TSA Pre-Check lines, is expanding their identity verification technology to point of sale. Testing in some Seattle sports stadiums, CLEAR’s ability to use biometrics to confirm that you are definitively you is helpful for age verification for alcohol sales, but could also just make point of sale simpler, in general. Part of their mission all along, they figured if they could get approval for their tech to be used to confirm identity at airports, it was certainly going to work to add convenience to point-of-sale while also increasing the security of the transactions. Of course, Apple’s introduction Touch ID at point of sale with Apple Pay starting in 2014 has helped the masses understand the usefulness of this technology. That rising tide lifts all boats, including CLEAR’s. Look for CLEAR to roll out more instances of this tech in the coming year.

SXSW: CLEAR Expands Identity Verification from AirPort Security Lines to Point of Sale

Apple and Goldman are the FinTech Power Couple

· Andrew Orr · Link

Wall Street was surprised when Apple chose to partner with Goldman Sachs. According to a new article by WSJ, other financial institutions like Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase offered their services to Apple as well.

Goldman can’t do it on its own either. It is new to consumer banking, having spent most of its 150-year history catering to big companies and billionaires. Without branches, it needs other ways to find customers for its online savings and lending business. Apple, too, needs new engines of growth as iPhone sales slow.

Save on Fandango Tickets for the Oscars With Apple Pay

· Andrew Orr · Link

By using Apple Pay you can save US$5 off two Fandango tickets just in time to watch the Oscars.

During the checkout process, enter the code APPLEGOLD and use Apple Pay to complete your order. This will take $5 off your movie tickets, and you have until February 24 to use the promo code.

You’ll have to buy two or more tickets in a single transaction in the Fandango app or on its website in order to get the discount.

Apple Pay Support Comes to Over 20 Banks Worldwide

· Andrew Orr · Link

Aside from French banks adding support, Apple updated its list to reflect the addition of over 20 more banks.

The U.S. bank list is now so long that Apple has introduced alphabetical sub-sections to make it easier to find your bank on the list. Other new entries added to the most recently updated list include Qpay in Australia; HSBC in France; Surgutneftegasbank in Russia; Banco Mediolanum in Spain; Concord bank and UkrSibbank in Ukraine; and N26 in the UK.

Should Apple Have its own Debit Card?

· Andrew Orr · Link

John Detrixhe argues that Apple should release its own debit card to prepare for the wave of contactless cards.

But consumers typically avoid moving their financial accounts and tend to be faithful, even when they dislike the service. An Apple debit card is a chance for the Silicon Valley-based company to give customers what they want—for God’s sake—before someone else does.

I’m not sure I’m sold on this idea. For a debit card maybe Apple could work with the bank it uses for device financing. I think what would be nice though is for Apple Pay Cash to work more like its own bank.