Apple Pay is Closing in On PayPal
According to Apple’s quarterly earnings that were released on Tuesday, Apple Pay transactions tripled from last year at the same time to more than 1 billion transactions. CEO Tim Cook said during Apple’s recent earnings call that this is more than Square did in the last quarter and exceeded the number of mobile transactions via PayPal. PayPal, the industry leader, reported 2.3 billion transactions over the last quarter. This still puts them well ahead of Apple Pay, by 1.3 billion; but not as far ahead as last year, when PayPal led by almost 1.8 billion.
Apple also reported today that it hit a $1 trillion market cap. The success of Apple Pay is further confirmation that giant technology companies are also becoming fintech companies. Google has the Google Pay service and Facebook’s WhatsApp is rolling out a payment feature. To keep up with fintechs, last year, a group of the largest American banks (including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Capital One) launched Zelle, a peer to peer payment service. So far, Zelle has proven to be a good idea.
Last modified: August 2, 2018