Apple Pay might be a while arriving in Australia according to a new report, which claims that the country’s four largest banks are stalling negotiations with Apple so as to hold on to $2 billion per year they earn from merchants for interchange fees.
The reason for this likely relates to the amount of money the banks pull in for these fees, compared to banks in the United States. In the U.S., Apple reportedly earns around 15¢ for every $100 of transactions, while transaction fees come to about $1 per $100. In Australia, meanwhile, banks make the equivalent of just 50¢ per $100 — although Apple is still demanding the same 15¢ cut.
Unlike the U.S., Australia is also further along rolling out NFC payment terminals to the point where it is a standard technology. Two banks already offer Android users the ability to use an Apple Pay equivalent, provided that they download the correct up to do so.
The upshot is that Apple cannot easily argue that Apple Pay represents a new technology — and therefore payment opportunity — in the way that it can in the U.S.
Of the four major Australian banks, National Australia Bank is rumored to be the closest to coming to an agreement with Apple, although it is still a way off from happening.
This isn’t the first time Apple has run into problems down under. Earlier this year, the University of New South Wales in Australia became the latest school to tell students that Apple Watches are banned during exams on the basis that they could allow students to cheat.
Apple has also been denied the ability to trademark the term “App Store” in Australia, accused of stealing the name HealthKit from a local startup, been blamed for misleading customers about the legal returns policy, and blasted for not paying its Aussie taxes.
Aside from that, things are good, though!
Via: Business Insider