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Apple Adds PayPal Payment to Online Store

News by Luke Jones on Saturday December 13, 2014.

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Chalk this up as surprising because Apple has added PayPal support for online payments in the United States and United Kingdom, making it even easier for consumers to buy products through the checkout process. The new feature is only available in those nations at the moment, with PayPal balances now usable for transactions through Apple.com.

I found this an interesting move because Cupertino's recently launched Apple Pay is a competitor of sorts with PayPal, but the company clearly feels there are enough differentiators between the two to use PayPal payments on its website. Apple.com even outright promotes PayPal's monthly payment scheme that lets users finance a purchase over 18 interest-free instalments.

Apple said at the iPhone 6 launch event in September that it is not going to include PayPal as a partner on the already popular Apple Pay system. Apparently PayPal lost the deal because of an earlier hook up with Samsung, putting the service in Cupertino's bad books. Samsung added secure PayPal transaction as a feature on the Galaxy S5, using it in tandem with the S5's fingerprint sensor.

Apple has evidently cooled its stance on PayPal by launching payment options in two of the biggest consumer markets. It is unclear when or if other nations will be included.

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