Among a bevy of announcements, Apple today announced Apple Pay: A new mobile payment service for retailers, both online and store-based. Apple Pay launches with an impressive roster of online retailers, purpose built apps, and “real life” merchants including Target, Whole Foods, McDonalds, Panera Bread, Nike, Starwood, Groupon, and Uber.
The new iPhone 6, available September 17, is going to be the first device embedding Apple Pay, allowing customers to pay with their phones online and in store. Payment will be done through the Touch ID interface – using one’s finger. The new Apple Watch, available early next year, will also feature Apple Pay.
In this post we dive into some of the background and strategies which may have contributed to Apple’s decision to develop Apple Pay, as well as the implications for online retailers.
Tomorrow Apple is rumored to announce the iPhone 6, along with the long-awaited iWearable thing (our money’s on it not being called a watch). In this post however, we’ll focus on another rumored big announcement: A digital wallet, or a new “mobile payment system”.
According to the rumors, the iPhone 6 is going to be the first device embedding Apple’s new payment system, allowing customers to pay with their phones online and in physical stores like CVS and Walgreens. The rumors also report on a partnership between Apple and major banks and credit card companies, with significantly lower credit card processing fees for Apple compared to rivals like PayPal.
Here’s what the new digital wallet means for Apple as an e-commerce player.
The evidence surrounds us, whether it’s commuters immersed in their tablet on the subway, the newly announced Amazon smartphone, or a shopper buying toilet paper on her phone to save a little and avoid the hassle of carrying it home. Mobile computing is doing everything except slowing down. And while these anecdotes add up to something meaningful on their own, we wanted to further explore this mobile shift and learn how it’s impacting the way people shop online.
Mobile e-commerce has exploded over the past four years and the growth isn’t stopping. Smartphone use is rising, fast. Tablet use is rising faster. Apple devices are everywhere. Android and Amazon are making moves.
With the just-announced Amazon Fire Phone, a rumored larger-screen iPhone coming soon, and Google investing $500 million to take its Shopping Express service nationwide, this summer is already full of interesting developments for e-commerce and mobile shopping.