Apple Employees Testing Apple Pay Cash Internally in iOS 11.1

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  1. doelcm82 macrumors 68040


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    I don't know why you would assume that.

    I don't like fees, but I use credit cards for almost everything I buy. With the credit card, I don't pay extra fees, usually. In fact, I get reward points that I can use for other products or services in the future.

    I realize that the fees are built into the merchant price, but if I paid cash or used a debit card, I would still be paying that built-in fee.

    Every month I pay my credit card balances in full. I don't like paying interest, either.

    Even ALDI takes credit cards (and Apple Pay!) now, and the price of their macaroni and cheese has not increased (still 33 cents for the box).
  2. Wrong Turn macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2013
    Sweden is currently still lacking Apple Pay (I think it is supposed to be released end of year).
    But this feature is gonna fail so hard here.
    We already have a very well known service called “swish” which is not limited to your platform, actually even stores and say different clubs have them (to be used in kiosks for example).
    The app of course has access to your contacts (it uses phone numbers), but also supports QR-code, so it is just as simple as sending via iMessage.
    Not only that, it sends the money directly to your account, not some other account which you have to transfer the money from.
    The only downside of it as far as I know is that it only supports debit, but I am not sure.
    I am pretty sure that if this feature is released in Sweden, it will already have lost.
  3. ds2000 macrumors regular


    May 24, 2012
    Meanwhile people at the cutting edge are working with blockchain and tangle
  4. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    What people don’t seem to realise is that payment platforms such as Venmo tend to be limited by location. Living in Singapore, I don’t have access to Venmo or Square Cash, which are US only. Apple Pay cash could potentially allow me to transfer money to another person living in a different country, provided it supports Apple Pay.
  5. throAU macrumors 601


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    outside of the USA, nfc payment has been around for about a decade and is ubiquitous at this point....
  6. apoltix macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2008
    Sweden (and Denmark and Finland) will get Apple Pay soon, but not Apple Pay Cash, yet.

    MobilePay from Denmark has the same strong foothold, so there's no point in a product like Apple Pay Cash there. Apple Pay maybe, since that's like a normal contactless card (with extra security and usually no amount limits, but the technology is the same), which is widely used today.

    But the main downside is merchants' fees for credit cards, while many accept MobilePay for free, even if backed with a credit card (which is free to use as your money source inside MobilePay).
  7. CristianM macrumors member


    Aug 4, 2015
    Sending money from one card to another within the same country is free, at least in the countries I've seen it (UK, Ireland).
  8. NightFox, Oct 4, 2017
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    NightFox macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    From what I understand, when you receive cash this will go to a personal Apple Pay account rather than being credited to a debit or credit card you have stored in Apple Pay. So, does this mean that every Apple ID will now automatically have an Apple Pay account, or will first-time recipients need to go through a set-up process?

    I see this Apple Pay account service is being provided by a company called Green Dot. Does this mean the service is going to be US-only until partners can be found in other countries, or can Green Dot function world-wide (I know I can make payments, but can I transfer money from a Green Dot account to a UK bank account for example?). Also, will the end-user need to go through Green Dot for certain transactions (like transferring money received through Apple Pay to a personal bank account), or will Apple provide the front end to this making Green Dot (or whoever) invisible to the user?

    But your Apple ID needs to be white-listed as well, so you're not going to get far even if you do find the profile.
  9. DavsDue macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2010
    Everybody that says 3% are normal for every transfer apps, are wrong.
    Danish made Mobilepay have 0% fees for all transactions and fees are only applied on the sellers side.
    The fees are added for how many transactions you get per year and not in procent per transaction.
    Mobilepay is implemented almost everywhere in Denmark. From the big public transport apps down to the small flea markets. QR codes are easy to create/scan, and you only need the receivers phonenumber in order to make payments.
    P.S. Mobilepay have even made app, WeShare, that makes it easy to keep track of posts when the group is on a trip, party or something else. You can share expenses, send photos and chat in the same app.

    Attached an image of the transactionprices.

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  10. mariusignorello, Oct 4, 2017
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    mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    I’m not going to get into the details, but finding the profile is much harder than getting whitelisted. ;)

    Here, I'll give you some eye candy (see attachment). It's blurry so you know it's real!

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  11. Commentist macrumors member


    Feb 26, 2016
    I haven't seen credit card to credit card transfers in the UK (and you'd need to pay the "cash advance fee", I expect - 3%-5% with a minimum charge). My banking app has a feature where I can send cash to any mobile (not just smartphone) - I think the recipient can then use any ATM to get actual cash. This seems to be pretty common.
    I haven't found a need for it yet, though - I generally use bank account-to-bank account transfers if I need to send money (free, instantaneous and you might be able to reclaim the money if there's a mistake/fraud).
  12. rotax macrumors regular

    May 17, 2010
    Fees for cash advances vs charges and interest rates usually differ. If you send money from a credit card will it not be seen as a cash advance? Would be great if it was a charge, even if there is a 3% fee.

    I also wonder how this will work internationally and if it will change currencies and rates that will be used that represent fees.
  13. DeepIn2U macrumors 601


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Why would you send money using a Credit Card in the very first place?
    - Pre-Paid CC to whom requires it.
    - Use debit to transfer funds so they an use it if their in a different city and don't have physical Pre-Paid CC.

    Done and Done. If you already use Apple Pay for Debit then you're already trusting the system.
  14. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Ever since Steve Jobs announced FaceTime would be an open standard and nothing came of it, I’ve become highly skeptical of iMessage ever going cross platform. Would love to be proven wrong, though.
  15. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
    Cool, now send me money, I don't have an account.
  16. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    living hell
    I need a phone number or email of yours, and I need about .18c more in my account since the minimum is $1
  17. BuddyTronic macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Yes, this is the key to a real "cash" payment system.
  18. kyjaotkb macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
    London, UK
    In Europe at least, we use bank transfers. Immediate and free. You just need to share your IBAN number with your friend. I have never seen anyone use Venmo or Square Cash. Paypal, maybe, in the old days.
  19. E3BK macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2008
    US Banking is very very different than EU banking.
  20. fairuz macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2017
    San Francisco
    To elaborate on what E3BK said, bank transfers are neither easy nor free for us except in certain cases, unfortunately. Judging by my 2 visits to France, some time between 2001 and 2008, Europe both caught up to and surpassed the US in terms of digital banking.
  21. E3BK, Oct 6, 2017
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    E3BK macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2008
    I've never used my CC on Venmo but it's likely a charge rather than a cash advance. Venmo charges your debit card for the amount and then sends it to your recipient. A cash advance requires a PIN at the ATM or a deposit that you initiate on the CC website I think. I've never taken a cash advance on a CC so I could totally be wrong. lol.

    As far as international exchanges, I doubt this will be possible (not anytime soon, anyway) due to the regulations of each country. Easier for the EU, not so much for the US. Which is likely why these apps have never really taken off overseas - they don't need them. Most of the world works in an ACH system already where even invoices are paid this way. But in the US, we are still writing and depositing physical checks. For my Loan Out, it's either a check or Wire, which involves a fee from my bank so I choose a paper check. The US is really really behind on all of this. The only direct deposit system is in payroll and that only came about because there was so much fraud & theft on the paper checks that were being sent out.
  22. fairuz, Oct 6, 2017
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    fairuz macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2017
    San Francisco
    If you don't know better. First of all, many stores take CC without an extra fee, so you expect there to be none. Venmo's site used to say in big letters at the top "Venmo is free to use," then more stuff about it being free below, then in smaller letters after you scroll down that there's a 3% credit card fee. They changed it at some point, probably because it was so criminal. But really it should say that in the app when you try to add a CC. IDK if Venmo does, but I know some apps/sites don't make it apparent.
  23. kyjaotkb macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
    London, UK
    Interesting, I wasn’t aware of this. Thanks for the extra background!

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