Apple Again in Talks for Peer-to-Peer Mobile Payments, May Launch Its Own Visa Debit Cards

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is once again rumored to launch its own Venmo-like service, allowing iPhone users to pay friends and family members also on Apple's ecosystem. Sources speaking with Recode mentioned that Apple intends to announce the service -- which could have a name like "Apple Cash" -- later this year, potentially at its fall iPhone event.

    Sources conflict on whether or not an announcement and release date have yet to be set, however, with another person familiar with Apple's plans suggesting that the company's Venmo-like service is still very early in development. Today's news of a potential ramp up of an in-house, peer-to-peer payments service from Apple comes over a year after the company was first rumored to be discussing such a service with a collection of U.S. banks.

    The unnamed Apple payments service would include a major partnership with Visa, according to the sources, allowing users to obtain digital pre-paid cards that would run on Visa's debit network but be tied directly into Apple's peer-to-peer service, and could also be added into Apple Pay. In this way, users could get paid through so-called "Apple Cash" from a friend, and use the Visa card and Apple Pay to spend the money at a retail location or online, "without having to wait for it to clear to their bank account."

    The peer-to-peer platform is being looked at as a way to boost Apple Pay adoption and usage, which Apple itself has admitted to be slow over its first two years, but which the company believes to be on the path to replace cash and cards. Apple is expected to not charge users of the new payments service, so the company's only profits from the platform would come from those who opt-in to use the Apple/Visa debit card, which some banks are concerned about.
    There remain many questions in regards to Apple and Visa's potential partnership, including whether or not concerns from banks would scare Visa away, or if Apple would launch an enticing enough rewards program to convince people to ditch their current credit or debit card for the new one. To gain the most traction, sources believe that Apple could be targeting teens and young adults with the new service, because the pre-paid card would make it easy to spend the money sent to them from friends and parents through "Apple Cash."

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  2. LordQ, Apr 27, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2017

    LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Didn't we hear a rumour last year that we would be able to make payments through iMessage with Apple Pay? This sounds like a great idea.
  3. sirdir macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2006
    I don't understand why you can't just connect your bank account to Apple Pay. Why a credit card in between (and most credit cards from most banks not being supported...)
  4. ssl0408 macrumors 65816

    Sep 22, 2013
    New York
    This would be cool. I use Square Cash several times a month and I'd feel more secure using Apple's version.
    As long as they have the instant pay feature I'll use it. However, I don't want another debit card...
  5. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Sounds good, but I wouldn't stop using my credit card and paying it off right away since I benefit from cash-back.

    Let's see if Apple can come up with something to make it worthwhile.
  6. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    I probably wouldn't use it. Why? It's not cross platform. When it comes to money, it needs to be as easy as cash to anyone on any platform.
  7. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
  8. Robert.Walter macrumors 65816

    Jul 10, 2012
    This is largely because of banking cartels boycotting Apple Pay.

    The banks are trying to protect their incumbency status by not offering Apple Pay services to their customers.

    I always saw it as likely that Apple might one day offer banking services, maybe after doing AR and something automotive, to keep on a growth track. I now think the intransigence of banks in blocking Apple may have just accelerated the rise of what far-sighted banks were hoping to prevent: Apple Bank.

    Just look at Switzerland and Australia, even Barclays in GB. Active boycottause in the first two markets and a failed hold out in the third.

    Then think about larger markets in Europe and elsewhere where Apple isn't making traction. This likely isn't because Apple or the card networks don't want this, it is because the banks issuing the cards don't want to.

    Given this situation, Apple needs to make an end run around the blockage to keep moving forward.

    By being forced into this situation, banks have forced Apple to stick its nose into the banking sector's tent and as with the camel, once the nose is in the tent, soon the whole camel follows.

    Why Visa? Because it's the most widely accepted card and because MasterCard seems to be very active on its own with initiatives like biometric credit cards (although I think these will be DOA, they may inhibit MC from doing something with Apple at this time.)

    I also think by virtualizing the card the costs associated with plastic and paper administration and distribution disappear and Apple could have a strong argument for customers with cheap or free annual fees.

    It should be noted that Apple looked into something like this before launching Apple Pay, but as said by Tim Cook "people their cards and rewards programs" so they went with that. In the markets where fees are high, rewards are low, and banks are blocking it is no wonder Apple is going it alone now.

    All this is bad for banks and is self inflicted, but is great for customers!
  9. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    Not interested unless it's free, not sure how they would do that. The ATM still dispenses cash for free.
  10. lederermc macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2014
    Look for Apple to buy a 2-bit bank in North Dakota to avoid having to create a new financial ecosystem.
  11. Shaun, UK Suspended

    Shaun, UK

    Mar 23, 2006
    If you could load money onto Apple Cash at shops, ATMs, banks, etc then spend it directly at any wireless payment point without the need for a debit/credit card it would appeal to a lot of people who don't or can't use a debit/credit card.
  12. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Apple Pay supports debit cards. At least, it does in Canada.
  13. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    Yup, it's called business. If you think for two seconds that Apple really cares about you, I've got a bridge to sell. Apple isn't some savior.

    I'd personally like to stick with the banks solution which has been in the works for a few years and will be available mid to late this year. It's called Zelle. Heck, if you're using one of the major 20 banks an using their internal p2p, that's actually Zelle. They just haven't official allowed cross payments and formally launched the brand yet.
  14. Shaun, UK Suspended

    Shaun, UK

    Mar 23, 2006
    I would really like the ability to withdraw cash from a bank ATM using iPhone without my debit card. Maybe you could log into your banking app with Touch ID and request a code which you enter into the ATM giving access to your account. Even if it only lets you withdraw £50 that would be really useful.
  15. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    This sounds like more than payments to friends and more like a bank. Why does Apple want to be a bank? They already have plans to be a streaming TV and production company, an auto company, an augmented/virtual reality company, a display company (again soon) and a cellular network in addition to being a fitness and health company, wearables company, smartphone and tablet company, a laptop and desktop computer company, headphone and speaker company, wireless router company (maybe not for long), an accessory company, a payments handling company, music purchasing service, streaming music subscription service, radio station, movie/TV purchasing service, movie/TV rental service, App Store distributor for phones/tablets/computers/TVs, an eBook retailer, retail store for third party products and accessories, consumer technology training service, cloud storage/email/calendar/photo hosting company, a smart home company, consumer creative/office software company, an instant messaging company, a TV set-top box/gaming device company, professional audio/video software company. Even up until recently they were an ad network with iAds and they've tried being a social network a few times. It's just way too much!

    I wouldn't be surprised if in my lifetime—in addition to the rumored stuff—I see Apple Loans, Apple Home, the iBattery, Apple Kitchen, the iDrone, the iBike, Apple Clothes, the iLight, Apple Healthcare, Apple Contacts, and Apple Brain. This is all assuming that the diversity of Apple's endeavors doesn't destroy the company in the process. Maybe they need to split things like Google did with Alphabet. The world is going to be ruled by huge conglomerates. Bleh…
  16. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    You can already do that with BoA
  17. PizzaBoxStyle macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2014
    Apple HQ Cupterino Spaceship
    Agreed entirely.

    Wouldn't it just be easier to run the transaction ACH instead of through a credit card? Maybe I'm not aware of the costs associated (financial or risk-wise), but it seems like they should have made Apple Pay into a front end for ACH instead of a front end for CC/debit.
  18. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    If you have to "load money" it's a failure.
  19. Rainshadow macrumors member


    Feb 16, 2017
    Um, no. I have never found an ATM that dispenses cash for free. I have an agreement with my bank that reimburses me for two withdrawals per 6 months (or something like that) but they all cost money so far as I've ever seen. Maybe different where you live.
  20. timborama macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2011
    Wells Fargo in US already has exactly this feature.
  21. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    ACH is insanely outdated. That's why the banks have worked to make clearXchange or to the consumer, Zelle. Instant among the top 20 banks in America.
  22. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    Each bank and jurisdictions around the world have it's own rules. Some banks allow you to connect directly to bank accts, some don't.
    Trying to negotiate with all the banks around the world to get a consistent service the customer is really difficult.

    Visa (MC, Amex) are global networks. Apple just has to work with one (initial) partner to build a customer centric service. Working with all the banks would take too long and give the customer an inconsistent experience.

  23. Rocketman macrumors 603


    I am in favour of Apple doing anything possible to make non-cash transactions more frictionless and lower cost and faster. I consider the extra money I pay to Apple for its hardware a fee to cover added services such as this. In the long term the price is well worth it, and the breadth of the ecosystem is valuable to me when 70% of my friends also use Apple phones. I occasionally have to do workarounds for my Samsung friends like Facebook vs FaceTime. I look forward to my Apple overlords providing me more valuable services.

    Apple I recently increased my iCloud fee to 20gb tier so you are getting incrementally more money from me. I also pay for Apple Music which I don't even use 99.9% of the time.
  24. Robert.Walter macrumors 65816

    Jul 10, 2012
    And WellsFargo, but that is a crap bank that practiced identity theft by signing up customers for things they had never requested.
  25. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    Personally, I bank at neither. I was just pointing out that the service was already available.

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