Apple Pay Has Attracted the Interest of the Payments Industry and the Public in Mobile Payments and NFC Technology

Date: 2015-09-21

“• Apple Pay has attracted the interest of the payments industry and the public in mobile payments and NFC technology. Although it has not introduced a genuinely new technology, it has been successful in combining existing technology such as Secure Element (SE), tokens and biometric authentication to develop a new payment solution. From a marketing and distribution perspective, Apple Pay benefits greatly from Apple’s brand and technology platform. 

• Card transactions processed through Apple Pay are expected to be less prone to fraudulent activity than mag-stripe and EMV cards, as Apple Pay combines tokenization, chip, dynamic authorization codes, and biometric authentication. Banks in the US have rallied to support Apple Pay, partly because of its security features. However, whether or not Apple Pay can significantly reduce fraud levels in card transactions outside the US remains uncertain, due largely to the limited reach of iOS.

• The mobile payment ecosystem remains highly fragmented, with various new entrants making inroads into the market, but only a few operators a position to compete internationally. The introduction of Apple Pay is expected to lead NFC-based contactless payments to gradually polarize into iOS and Android-based solutions, with a limited number of service providers dominating the market.

• While various sources suggest that Apple Pay is preparing for an international service rollout in 2015, the mobile payments environment outside North America, and in particularly in Europe, is considerably different from that in the US, in particular in terms of interchange and NFC acceptance. Key challenges for Apple Pay in Europe includes the EU’s mounting pressure on interchange fees and different fraud dynamics of the US and Europe.

• Field trials indicate that making payments through Apple Pay adds value to the consumer in the form of convenience. However, mobile payments will need to overcome consumer habits of using plastic cards and cash. Encouraging consumers to change old habits requires time and extensive consumer education, irrespective of the benefits the new technology has to offer. Apple may need to increase incentives for Apple Pay adoptions beyond the convenience offered by the system.”

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