Apple Pay Expands to New Banks Before Launch of P2P Money Transfers
Apple Pay made another big expansion as it prepares for the launch of its P2P payment platform. The mobile wallet added 21 new banks in the United States, along with new banks in Italy, France and Spain.
Last month, Apple announced some exciting innovations coming with iOS 11 this fall. One feature was the integration of Apple Pay into iMessage. Users will be able to send money to one another directly through their chats, similar to PayPal’s money transfer service on Facebook Messenger.
Apple also plans to launch Apple Pay Cash in the fall. This is a digital debit card that holds funds from P2P transfers. The card itself can be used for Apple Pay transactions, or money from the card can be sent to a linked bank account.
Apple Pay is now available in 16 countries. The P2P payment program will first be available in the United States, but it could reach other countries in the near future.
An early release beta of iOS 11 is currently available, but it does not offer all of the features that the new operating system will have. As with most beta launches, the system may have some bugs and glitches that Apple will work out before the official launch.