Apple Pay casts shadow on PayPal Spinoff

“When Apple Inc. decided to develop a payments system so people could use iPhones to buy items at a store instead of swiping debit or credit cards, the company bypassed EBay Inc.’s PayPal,” Adam Satariano reports for Bloomberg. “Apple instead chose startup Stripe Inc. to help with the development of its service. The Cupertino, California-based company then bolstered its move with a barrage of partnerships, including with banking giant Citigroup Inc. and heavyweights such as American Express Co. and First Data Corp.”

“The decisions underscored the new pressures facing PayPal, a Web-payments pioneer that EBay purchased in 2002 to smooth transactions on its marketplace,” Satariano reports. “Apple Pay will barrel into the fast-growing U.S. mobile-payments market this month.”

“Right out of the gate, Apple Pay is ready for consumers to make transactions with their mobile devices at different merchants. That mobile-ready aspect is an area where PayPal, which has roots as a facilitator of payments through websites, hasn’t been as dominant,” Satariano reports. “Apart from credit-card companies and large U.S. banks, Apple’s partners on Pay also include merchants such as McDonald’s Corp., Whole Foods Market Inc. and Walgreen Co. ‘They set out to do something from day one with substantial scale,’ James Anderson, senior vice president at MasterCard Inc., said last month when Apple announced the new system.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple Pay caused eBay’s PayPal spinoff.

eBay’s brilliant CEO John Donahoe should just rename the thing “DeadMeat” and be done with it.

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  1. does anyone know if ApplePay has an online payment option? I’m looking forward to ditching PayPal but if ApplePay is specifically “in person” it won’t be an option. I’ve been looking around but can’t find any information about it.

    1. “Online shopping in apps with iPhone is also as simple as the touch of a finger. Users can pay for physical goods and services including apparel, electronics, health and beauty products, tickets and more with Touch ID. Checkout can happen with a single touch, so there’s no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information, and card details are kept private and are not shared with the online merchant. For example, quickly order grill accessories for a backyard BBQ from the Target app, easily request a ride with Uber without having to create an account first or avoid the lunch line by using Rapid Pick-Up and paying ahead in the Panera Bread app. Simply make your selection and when ready to buy, use Apple Pay to complete the transaction.”

      1. Yeah I read that but was hoping they were planning to expand a bit. If this the case and ApplePay can only be used in apps available through the App Store or over the counter, I’m not sure why PayPal feel so threatened

        1. It requires Touch ID so it’s a bit difficult to expand it beyond that right now. Besides, most purchases can be made via iOS apps and most certainly over the counter currently anyway.

    2. No one seems to be mentioning iTunes which will of course be involved. When I purchase songs, nothing has to be in-person. The money from my paycheck flows to my bank, to iTunes, and nothing is EVER in person. How many millions of people are already just a click away of paying for songs through iTunes? I think Apple already has the largest number of credit customers on tap, but soon it will be a whole lot more purchases flowing through Apple, not just tunes. Their huge number of people already signed up was probably what got Amex and the others ready to jump in with them. Apple simply cannot be ignored. ePay was the worst kind of dumb on this. Their shareholders need to fire their CEO.

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