JetBlue will soon accept Apple Pay at 35,000 feet

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Apple Pay is taking off in a big way. Ba-doom-tish.
Apple Pay is taking off in a big way. Ba-doom-tish. Photo: USA Today
Photo: USA Today

The hope with Apple Pay is that everywhere there are financial transactions, there will be Apple’s mobile payment solution — and, yes, that includes the sky.

Starting next week, passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights will be able to pay for food, drinks and assorted on-board amenities (such as upgrading seats) using their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This gives JetBlue the claim to fame that it is the first airline to accept Apple Pay at 35,000 feet.

eBay raids Apple for payment talent to work on possible Apple Pay rival

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Is 2015 really the year of Apple Pay?
Apple Pay is setting the gold standard for mobile payments. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Post-Apple Pay, everyone is looking to Cupertino when it comes to innovation in the mobile payment sector. eBay is no different — with the online auction company starting up a new division, designed especially to develop payment-related technology.

And wouldn’t you know it? It’s filling it with ex-Apple folk.

Why Apple Pay is the future

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Apple Pay. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
About to test Apple Pay at the local Walgreens. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Critics are fond of saying Apple doesn’t innovate any more. But Apple’s new electronic payment system, Apple Pay, is innovation of the highest order. After a relatively smooth rollout this week, I honestly believe Apple Pay is the future of payments.

Even so, Apple Pay must clear some big hurdles if it’s to become the universal standard. For now, it’s limited to Apple’s latest iPhones and a relatively small number of retail partners, but the basic system — using your fingerprint to validate a purchase on your mobile phone — is the way we will pay for goods and services in the future.

Once again, Apple has shown the world how things should be done.

Hidden code in Facebook app reveals friend-to-friend mobile payments

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Photo: Andrew Aude/Facebook

It’s not just Apple Pay that’s going to let you transfer funds using your iPhone. According to hidden code discovered in Facebook Messenger’s iOS app by Stanford student Andrew Aude, Facebook is also exploring the area — with a forthcoming feature that lets you send money as easily as you would “like” or share a photo.

Banks went code-name crazy to keep Apple Pay a secret

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Apple's partners went to extremes to keep news of Cupertino's mobile payments entry quiet.
Apple's partners went to extremes to keep news of Cupertino's mobile payments entry quiet.

Apple goes to some pretty crazy lengths to ensure secrecy for its various projects, and it expects a similar commitment from its partners.

According to a New York Times article, prior to releasing Apple Pay, the key players (which included Apple and banks such as JP Morgan Chase) referred to each other by code-names after rumors of Apple’s interest in mobile payments surfaced in early 2013.