Apple and online payments: 800 million reasons why that’s a good idea

“Is there room for another online payments processor? In 2013, eBay handled more than $125 billion in e-commerce outside of its marketplaces,” Adam Levy writes for The Motley Fool. “Apple may be the only company able to make some headway.”

“Apple has more than 800 million credit cards on file through its iTunes store,” Levy writes. “Comparatively, PayPal has just 148 million active accounts — some of which have bank account information, but most of which have credit card information. Having bank account information is valuable because it allows eBay to bypass the credit card companies and their fees.”

“Apple has more than 300 million iOS devices out in the wild, and consumers are using them more than any other mobile device to shop. That’s at least twice the number of active users compared to PayPal,” Levy writes. “Apple can take advantage of its control over those 300 million devices to make it easier for its users to make purchases on the mobile web. Its integration of Touch ID in the iPhone 5s may open the door for payments made via fingerprint authentication.”

“It’s worth noting that Apple doesn’t have to be profitable with its payments solution,” Levy writes. “Much like iTunes music downloads, which are hardly profitable for Apple, these services attract more users to its brand. If Apple breaks even operationally with payments, it could still attract more users to the iPhone and iPad over the competition.”

Read more in the full article here.

Related articles:
Bypassing the credit card: Apple patent application reveals major financial system beyond iWallet – January 30, 2014
PayPal wants to partner with Apple in mobile payments, sources say – January 30, 2014
iWallet: Apple exploring expansion of mobile payments, sources say – January 25, 2014
Apple patent application reveals secure iWallet system with iBeacon – January 16, 2014
Apple’s revolutionary iWallet is coming – December 10, 2013
Apple could have 250 million iBeacon-capable units in the wild by 2014 – December 7, 2013
Apple turns on iBeacon to guide shoppers at 254 U.S. retail stores – December 6, 2013
Analyst: Apple to reach 600 million users with credit card accounts on file by year end – June 4, 2013


  1. Mmmmm lately i find payment with my appleid not very easy and seamless. Even when i buy an app, book or song i have to type my password several times, enter my security code if i buy from another device or from another location ( i have 4 ipads, 4 iphones, 2 appltv and live both in holland and germany).
    Paying through paypal eg is much easier.
    Security is good but this makes the process too complicated for daily use. So i dont think apple is ready for this.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.