Apple Pay Just Launched! (Have You Used It Yet?)
This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
Google Wallet has been around for years, but despite a few early adopters among users and businesses, it simply hasn't amounted to much. Now that Apple Pay is launched and ready to go it is hoped that digital currency, or at least some sort of digital, mobile, virtual wallet type service will finally take off among consumers and retailers.
If you want to connect a credit card to your Apple Pay system, it's easy. However, not all debit cards are being accepted simply because not all banks have signed up to the system. Here's the latest list of banks which are already part of the system:
- American Express
- Bank of America
- Capital One Bank
- Chase (Visa only)
- Merrill Lynch (credit only)
- US Trust
- Wells Fargo
It seems a good bet that if more consumers start using Apple Pay, more banks (and more retailers, of course) will get on board.
That's the major difference between Google Wallet and Apple Pay. In fact, it's the difference between Google and Apple.
Google will release a new tool without much fanfare and simply wait for people to start using it. Apple on the other hand will make a big deal about every little thing they do, whether it is ground breaking or not, and essentially demand that everyone make it a part of their life.
Now that we've used both Google Wallet and Apple Pay it is hard to envision a world that doesn't eventually come around to some form of virtual payment system. For Apple users that tool, Apple Pay, is an easy-to-use, fully integrated system that is a now a full grown part of using their device.