Apple brings mobile payments to Australia

By Chris Jager on Jul 12, 2012 8:06 AM
Filed under Communications

Self-checkout feature arrives today.

Apple has launched a new mobile payment feature for its Australian retail stores that allows customers to purchase select items through mobile payments.

The EasyPay feature, available within the Apple Store iOS app from today, allows customers to bypass the usual checkout process by scanning product barcodes on off-the-shelf items and paying for it with a credit card already associated with the user's iTunes account.

Users can then walk out of the store with the item without having to approach a salesperson. A PDF receipt is emailed to the customer.

First launched in the US in late 2011, the service has since been rolled out to Apple's self-branded retail stores in a handful of other regions, including the UK.

A spokesman for Apple Australia confirmed the feature would be available in local stores today, but did not provide further comment at time of writing.

In previous releases, the EasyPay service could only be used to buy Apple accessories and other small-ticket items. Hardware purchases still required staff assistance. 

Apple confirmed the Australian version would follow the same model.

EasyPay requires an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.

The company has traditionally been wary of mobile payment models, with current smartphone models lacking the near-field communications (NFC) technology seen as a pre-requisite to development of "mobile wallets".

According to recent reports, Apple has deliberately held off from implementing such technology until key concerns around technical compatibility and financial models are sorted out.

Despite this, major Australian banks including the Commonwealth Bank have repeatedly pointed to technology companies like Apple, Google and Facebook as a potential future threat to financial industries as they assume responsibility for the financial relationship with the customer.

Commonwealth Bank has developed its own near-field-based mobile payment system for the iPhone.

 
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
 

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.

Apple brings mobile payments to Australia
 
 
 
 
 
Top Stories
Reseller pays $2.65m for telco specialist
Acquisition scene heats up as JCurve makes another buyout.
 
Kytec files for administration, new company set up
Driven by management buyout, says MD.
 
Dataflex reborn under new owners
Buyer aiming for $30m after second acquisition in six months.
 
Sign up to receive CRN email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Are Chromebooks ready for the enterprise?

CRN Magazine

Issue: 326 | April 2014

CRN Magazine looks in-depth at the emerging issues and developments for the channel, and provides insight, analysis and strategic information to help resellers better run their businesses.