Apple Pay: A semi-monopoly on the real killer app

“Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) just announced its new iPhone 6 models and the Apple Watch,” J. M. Manness writes for Seeking Alpha. “Apple also announced what to my mind is the real killer app of the mobile space – Apple Pay. This is an app/service that will truly revolutionize the $13 trillion per year payments industry.”

“The savvy investor needs to understand both the import of the system and why the Apple Pay system is superior to all others and will stay that way,” Manness writes. “Apple will have a semi-monopoly on the system, and why it will always be superior to systems offered by competitors such as Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.”

Manness writes, “A professional in the industry, Brian Roemmele, writes in Quora: ‘I have been studying payments for over 30 years and have tested every material payments system ever conceived. The Apple Pay experience is at the top of the pyramid of any system I have ever tested. Certainly there has been NFC in smartphones, there has never been a system where the software was native to the operating system in the manner Apple is using. Apple Pay makes all of the schemes from just about every payment startup over the last decade especially the last few years look cumbersome and almost comical in comparison.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote on September 10, 2014:

The market has yet to fully grasp the magnitude of Apple Pay.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dev” for the heads up.]

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23 Comments

  1. Google will NOT copy Apple Pay. The beauty of the system is that no card data/number ever leaves your phone, never gets transmitted anywhere. There will be no servers to hack. Apple saves none of your purchasing information.

    That concept is totally anathema to the Google Way. What interest would they have in a system that does not troll your data? Anything they come up with will be completely different in focus and intent.

    Companies like Best Buy don’t like it because they WANT your data to dick around with. I’ve never liked them. Back in the day (I will never forget or forgive) they double-swiped my cc during a purchase, to surreptitiously sign me up for a “free trial” for Microsoft’s internet service. Imagine my surprise, 3 months later, to find a recurring monthly charge on my card for Microsoft Internet service. Yeah, some of these companies will continue to want to control your data- their intent will be glaringly obvious. And they will continue to be breached. Hopefully they will be left behind.

    1. Problem here is that the retail companies that deal with collecting their customer info do so via loyalty/member cards and not via your CC. Otherwise how would they get your info when you pay in cash and want the discount/points provided by the store. 😀

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