Apple Pay Cash inching to launch in Europe
At time of writing Apple appears to be inching toward the introduction of Apple Pay Cash in Europe, as sign-up and usage screens are visible in the latest iOS 12.1 beta.
Evidence is building
Apple Pay Cash launched in the U.S. in late December.
It’s a peer-to-peer payment service you use to pay cash to individuals.
If you are based in Europe and happen to be running the beta on your device it may be worth opening an existing iMessage thread you may have with someone else you know is also likely to be running the beta as if you do you’ll see a small Apple Pay link appear in the app strip.
Tap this and you’ll see a payment window appear, though at present this seems to be restricted to dollar payments only.
European personal payments…
Reports claim those running the iOS 12.1 beta in Europe are also finding new signs of Apple Pay support in Settings>Wallet & Apple Pay specifically a new Apple Pay Cash Payment Card option, though the set-up process does not currently complete.
There are also reports of the set-up process being described within Apple’s support pages in Germany and I’ve found them myself in the UK. (The latter updated August 28).
The bottom line? It’s looking like launch is imminent for Apple Pay peer payments in Europe.
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Loup Ventures recently published data claiming that 127 million active Apple Pay users exist globally, up from 62 million a year ago. That research claimed international audiences are making more use of Apple Pay than in the U.S.
Here is how to use Apple Pay Cash.
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