Apple Pay is Closing in On PayPal

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Apple PayAccording 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.

According to eMarketer, a research firm, Zelle is expected to surpass Venmo this year in terms of users. With these expectations, Zelle will grow by more than 73% in the US, to 27.4 million users by the end of the year, outpacing Venmo (owned by PayPal), which should have 22.9 million users and Square Cash, which should have 9.5 million.


Last modified: August 2, 2018
Todd Stone

Category: payments

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