Apple’s peer-to-peer payments service won’t just be available in U.S.


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Apple Pay Cash will let you send money to friends using the Messages app.
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Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s new peer-to-peer payments service set to debut with iOS 11, looks like it will be coming to Europe, alongside the United States.

That’s based on a new trademark application Apple filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) this week.

First confirmed at WWDC, the Apple Pay Cash feature will expand Apple Pay’s existing use cases by allowing users to make payments to contacts inside Apple’s Messages app.

Money received using Apple Pay cash will go into the Wallet app where it can be redeemed in the form of Apple Pay purchases or transferred to an associated bank account. As with regular Apple Pay, it is likely that users will need to confirm their identity — with either Touch ID or the iPhone 8’s facial recognition technology.

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Apple’s latest trademark filing.
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The Apple Pay Cash European trademark was filed by English company Locke Lord LLP, which has filed applications for Apple in the past. The technology is described as, “Computer software used to process mobile payments; computer software for use in contactless transactions with retailers, merchants, and vendors via mobile devices used to process mobile payments.”

In Europe, Apple Pay is already available in the U.K., Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland.

Source: LetsGoDigital