Apple Pay Cash sightings in France, Germany suggest rollout imminent

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Apply Pay users in France and Germany may gain the ability to use Apple Pay Cash in the near future, with sightings of the set-up process and support pages indicating the launch of the personal payments feature likely to launch in the two countries very soon.




Screenshots have surfaced showing invitations to set up Apple Pay Cash on an Apple Watch and an iPhone XS Max, devices owned by a french citizen. According to iPhon.fr, the user lives in France and has a local bank account already linked to Apple Pay, operating through Banque Populaire.

The setup process doesn't appear to be completely functional, as the user noted there was a screen to enter a US-style social security number, presumably for identification purposes.




The screenshots are not the only sign of an expansion of Apple Pay Cash, as Apple's own support pages for Germany explains the requirements for setting up Apple Pay Cash, as well as its usage. Notably, while the text is in german, the screenshots all depict transactions in english, using dollars, most likely as a stand-in before the feature's availability in the country.




While it is believed Apple Pay Cash will expand from the United States to other markets in the near future, with markets in Europe prime candidates for the feature, there is no word on when exactly it will go live in each country. The feature was previously spotted in February, with users in Brazil, Ireland, and Spain, seeing it appear in the Messages app, despite not being available to use.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    In a similar way the support site was updated at the end of August for Great Britain 
    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207886
    However still references the need to be a US resident.
    Soli
  • Reply 2 of 5
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,105member
    It's about time, Apple really drag their feet with support for countries outside of the USA.

    Yes, I know they have to negotiate separate contracts and that it takes time. But it feels like they go full steam ahead for the USA and then add other countires as an after thought with no real urgency at all.
    ols
  • Reply 3 of 5
    NatkoNatko Posts: 3unconfirmed, member
    They are probably using RippleNet in the background to achieve this.😉
  • Reply 4 of 5
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 1,966member
    saarek said:
    It's about time, Apple really drag their feet with support for countries outside of the USA.

    Yes, I know they have to negotiate separate contracts and that it takes time. But it feels like they go full steam ahead for the USA and then add other countires as an after thought with no real urgency at all.
    Apple is a U.S. Company and so of course most all things come to the U.S. first and then spread out from there. There's a ton of work to expand to all the different countries which all have their own rules and regulations and laws. It all takes time.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    “Apple Pay users in Germany”, there aren’t any yet, are there? Not officially at least. (My understanding is that Boon and N26 are using some sort of workaround).
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