Apple seems to be preparing to invade the mobile payments space

“There is considerable anecdotal evidence that Apple is preparing to invade the mobile payments space. A quick perusal of the company’s recent patent filings leads me to conclude that Apple’s engineers are indeed converging on a large scale mobile payments solution to rival PayPal,” Kyle Spencer writes for Seeking Alpha. “For instance, there’s ‘Effecting payments using optical coupling’ that describes – an infrastructure of network-based clearinghouses for maintaining the anonymity of a plurality of customers and protecting their private and financial data. The kind of anonymity you might feel a need for when your prescription filled at your local pharmacy, for example.”

“Such a system would make little sense taken in isolation, especially given the burden of HIPAA compliance. But Apple appears to be shooting for the moon,” Spencer writes. “Nothing in either Apple’s patent arsenal or professional affiliations indicates that Apple intends to back anything but itself, or share a dime of the projected $1 trillion mobile payments space with anyone but Visa and MasterCard.”

“Apple’s stock is currently in a holding pattern until new products exit the pipeline in 2014, and I expect a relatively tight trading range of $500-$550 to reflect that fact going into the next two quarters,” Spencer writes. “The burning question of the hour is whether or not the iWallet will be one of those products. I expect that the answer will be yes.”

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    1. Apple was not first with smartwatches, smartphones, or mp3 players. They just produced an obviously simple device that no one else could seem to figure out, until Apple did.

    2. Considering Samsung is partnering with Paypal first mover is probably lost.. However Apple has a history of coming in with arguably ‘better’ (quoted due to term being subjective) implementations. I understand for CC security various CC companies have offered ‘one-time’ use CC numbers for online purchases.. As long as Apple can avoid overlapping patents held by other online payment systems already in use they may have a hit..

    1. Test, we should never cheer eliminating competition.

      I want to be able to use bitcoin, PayPal, credit cards, and all other payment systems. Each has its place and consumers should have their choice of which to use in difference situations. It is really that simple.

  1. Given the epic fails in security running through the whole computer and banking records system, Apple had better deliver a dead nuts reliable system from day one.

    That spells opportunity if Apple does it right. I know they have the incentive and the right high end customers.

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