PayPal iPhone App Revamped, Adds Bump-to-Transfer

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    PayPal yesterday launched a major upgrade to its free iPhone application, offering a number of new features including the ability to initiate money transfers between users' accounts by "bumping" iPhones.
    The PayPal application's "bump" feature utilizes the Bump API from Bump Technologies, the company that gained significant publicity when its Bump application for swapping photos and contacts between iPhones was featured in one of Apple's iPhone ads.


    Article Link: PayPal iPhone App Revamped, Adds Bump-to-Transfer
  2. Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    It'll give new meaning to "bumping into an old friend." Now it can pay off!

    It's interesting that they threw in features like "Split the Check" and bill reminders, for which there are many other apps.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Can't say I'm interested in most of that stuff, even though I use Paypal daily. This is a winner though,

    + Withdraw funds from your PayPal balance.

    I'm hoping it means/includes the option to transfer money to bank account..
  4. jo0
    macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
  5. macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2007
    San Antonio, TX
    this would come in handy if you run into a situation where you need something but have no cash on you.
    kinda like an online credit card which you can use with other people.
  6. macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    Yes, I did it yesterday. It would be nicer if it would just print out the money. :)
  7. macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    By the way, HUGE security issue:

    1. Log into the Paypal app using your password.
    2. Put your phone to sleep
    3. Anyone that steals your phone can turn it on, slide to unlock, and then send themselves all of your money.
  8. macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2008
    You should send them a mail. If I'm right, apps "know" when they are sent to sleep mode, so this could have been done better.

    By the way, I can't find this app in the Swiss AppStore.. :confused: Is it only available in the USA?
  9. macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    I did shoot them an e-mail. And yes, there is a section called applicationDidBecomeActive that runs every time the iPhone wakes up.

    Give it 24 hours, it should show up at the Swiss store too.
  10. macrumors 68030


    Mar 13, 2007
    Interesting that you say me thinking. So I tried it with the Bank of America app that I have on my iPod Touch.....same thing as you describe, if I put the Touch to sleep while logged in, when I wake the Touch up, I'm still logged in. Not sure if the iPhone handles it differently but it sure makes me think about how secure it is.

  11. macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    Does anyone really like or use the whole "bump" thing? I'm too afraid that I'd drop the iPhone.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
    Sounds like this might be good for street-level drug dealers. I'm sure it helps if you don't carry around wads of cash. They can get a simple possession charge instead of distribution.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2008
    In a house...duh!
    IMHO...if you're going to have apps like this on your iPhone or iPod Touch you should have it passcode locked. I know it's a pain in the butt....but really smart.

  14. macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    Yes, a good idea... But that doesn't excuse the gaping security flaw.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    You're right, almost all the drug users around have iphones.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    I'm sure the drug lords don't want a paper trail.

    I see this as a cool way to pay allowance to your kids. To bad they charge a service charge to bumping funds to friends. I don't see this taking off unless they offer free bumping... unless they do but I'm too lazy to research it.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2008
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    Is it just me or has the developer gone over board with italising everything in the app. Design looks stupid..
  18. macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2009
    Don't put your phone to sleep while running the app...?
  19. macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2005
    Danville, VA
    I dont understand how this app would help you if buy something if you had no cash on you? What are you supposed to do, swipe the iPhone? :confused:
  20. macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2008

    And the app looks really good, going to grab it now.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 3, 2008

    BTW, it's buggy. In my PayPal history, multiple entries show the same detail (item, etc). The thing's confused.

    And, yes, the italics is out of control.
  22. macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2005
    Danville, VA
    Ok let me rephrase my question, "I don't understand how this app will let you pay for something if you have no money on you?"
  23. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    I'm not sure if this is true with the PayPal app, but I have SafeNote on my iPhone and when I click the phone into sleep mode, it asks for the pswd when it wakes up. My iPhone is not pswd protected, but the SafeNote app is pswd protected. This means that any app can add this feature. It's just a matter of whether PayPal implemented it or not.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    You would be pretty stupid to do that. You would leave an electronic paper trail from everyone you ever did business with. If the police arrest you for possession, they then have permission to search your things - and yes, police can search your iPhone if they have probable cause. The arresting officer does not know how to search a pswd protected iPhone, BUT...... Investigators do know how to access locked iPhones. There is actually a company that contracts will all of the major police and FBI agencies around the world and provides software and classes for investigators to hack into locked iPhones. Yep. The police investigator hooks up the Apple USB cable, inserts the software CD into their computer, and with training from a $2500 per person class (law enforcement ID required), can hack into the average person's "pswd locked" iPhone. How do I know about this? It was on MSNBC one night. You might be able to find it on Youtube.

    Alternatively, a judge could always subpoena your account records from PayPal.
  25. macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2009
    I'm here. Here! Can't you SEE MEE?!
    cannot use it: it crashes after pushing the "Log In" button... :mad:

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