Apple Pay, the new payments system that currently only works with retailers in the United States could soon be extended to India as well, according to a new job listing. First spotted by 9to5Mac, the job description, which has been taken down since, mentioned company’s intentions to expand the payments system’s reach to include India, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Also Read - Grab iPhone 11 with up to Rs 8,000 discount in India, but for a limited period
At its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event in September earlier this year, the Cupertino-based company also showcased Apple Pay, a new payments system based on NFC. This feature lets people pay their bills by just tapping on the homebutton of their Touch ID-capable handsets. The feature works with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus and select iPads, and requires iOS 8.1 to be installed on the handset. Also Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformation
“Apple Pay is a new and exciting area in Apple that is set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. Apple Pay will change the way consumers pay with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into their iPhone 6 or Apple Watch to pay in an easy, secure, and private way. The new London-based Apple Pay team will work to drive the roll-out of this technology across EMEIA by working with a variety of internal and external partners, including teams in the US where the product will first launch and the EMEIA organization, as well as Issuers, payment networks and merchants across Europe.” the job description read. Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methods
The listing does not offer any timeframe for the rollout of Apple Pay in India. Given how people still mostly use cash in the country to pay their bills, India is an interesting choice, to say the least.