PayPal reportedly working to integrate Touch ID into iOS apps

PayPal logoAccording to sources within PayPal, the company is looking to quickly integrate forthcoming iOS 8 Touch ID fingerprint recognition APIs into its mobile payment apps, reports Business Insider.

To that end, a team of PayPal developers attended a Worldwide Developers Conference session on Wednesday focusing on the hardware-based security system. PayPal's director of global initiatives, Anuj Nayar, confirmed the company had indeed sent a handful of devs to the session, suggesting PayPal is at least showing official interest in the technology.

"It seems to be a fairly easy API to use, but we're still kicking the tires," the person said.

For some industry watchers, the integration of Touch ID and payment services is seen as the next logical step for Apple's secure fingerprint scanning solution. In its current form under iOS 7, Touch ID is limited to the iPhone 5s and can only unlock the handset or authenticate purchases through iTunes.

Apple is widely expected to include Touch ID into every new iOS device introduced in 2014, including the rumored iPhone 6, refreshed iPad lineup and possibly the iPod touch.

With a huge installed user base and hundreds of millions of credit cards on file, the iOS-iTunes ecosystem is ripe for a fast and secure mobile payments solution. Touch ID solves the storage and recall of financial data part of the equation, but point of sale infrastructure in brick-and-mortar stores represents a major stumbling block to widespread adoption.

PayPal reportedly working to integrate Touch ID into iOS apps

PayPal, among other companies like Square, have partnerships with certain retailers, though the proprietary solutions require a standalone app and can be more difficult to use compared to paying with a credit card or cash.

Apple dipped its toe into the consolidation of payment-oriented apps with Passbook, which serves as a central hub for gift cards, rewards cards, tickets and other digital assets, but the app's reach is still somewhat restricted. With the opening of Touch ID's APIs, Apple could potentially be testing the waters to see if a full-fledged first-party payments solution is worth the effort.

Source: AppleInsider

Tags: Apple, iOS, PayPal

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Galaxy Note10 really is built around a 6.7-inch display
 
You may still be able to download your content
 
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are all going away
 
Minimize apps to a floating, always-on-top bubble
 
Japan Display has been providing LCDs for the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apple’s 2018 line-up
 
The 2001 operating system has reached its lowest share level
 
The entire TSMC 5nm design infrastructure is available now from TSMC
 
The smartphone uses a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 / 1
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (15)