Apple Pay activated on 383 million iPhones, worldwide

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Apple Pay is continuing to grow as a major player in the mobile payments market thanks to its loyal users, Loup Ventures notes, estimating that 43 percent of all iPhone users around the world have enabled Apple Pay on their devices.

Apple Pay Cash, launched in January, is Apple's peer-to-peer payments service
Apple Pay Cash, launched in January, is Apple's peer-to-peer payments service


A major component of Apple's ever-growing Services arm, Apple Pay is a well-used feature that is increasing in popularity as more countries are enabled. Working from data provided by Apple during its most recent conference call, Loup Ventures' Gene Munster and Will Thompson believes the service is becoming more popular because of its existing users.

According to surveys performed by Loup Ventures, as well as data from the growth in transactions, countries locations, and banks, the firm estimates 43 percent of global iPhone users have enabled Apple Pay by the December quarter, up from 36 percent estimated in the September quarter, and 20 percent for the December quarter of 2017.

Based on Apple's advice the iPhone install base has reached 900 million devices, it is extrapolated that there are currently 383 million Apple Pay users. This is up 21 percent in sequential quarters and 123 percent year-on-year, according to the firm's calculations.

"We believe this growth is fueled in part by the launch of peer to peer payments in January 2018," writes the analysts.

Using the number of active countries and use cases with each market, Loup Ventures also estimates that only 12 percent of Apple Pay users are based in the United States, while 21 percent of active iPhones are based in the market. It is suggested that the greater acceptance of Apple Pay on public transport systems in the UK, China, Japan, and Russia is one of a number of factors playing into the slightly skewed results compared to iPhone usage.

It is estimated 24 percent of US-based iPhone users have tried out Apple Pay, while 47 percent of international users have done the same.

"Although we believe just under half of global iPhone owners use Apple Pay, that number will continue to grow as more retailers, universities, municipalities, and public transportation systems enable contactless payments and people begin to think of their phone as their wallet," Loup Ventures advises. The firm also suggests that, while it won't have a meaningful measurable impact on Services revenue growth, the model and Apple's handling of user privacy "lays the groundwork for handling other sensitive data and bringing ease of use to areas like healthcare."

Arguably this is already happening, with Apple recently signing a deal with the Department of Veterans Affairs to bring health records to iPhones.

"We expect similar features and relationships to continue to develop in the near future," the note concludes.

While largely complementary on Apple Pay's growth, Loup Ventures does note one element that is a slight disappointment. Tim Cook advised during the conference call transactions had topped 1.8 billion during the quarter, which is more than double the volume seen a year ago.

According to Loup Ventures, this is a step down from the 300 percent year-on-year growth seen in the September quarter. The analysts are still optimistic, suggesting "While a decline in growth rate, it still represents an impressive ramp in usage."

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,959member
    So convenient to use ApplePay. Apple should get into FinTech so ApplePay/Cash available in small businesses.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 12
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,090member
    Things are improving. I can use Pay at more and more retail locations. Of course there’s still the big deniers like Walmart. CVS and Target recently came on board. Furthermore I can use Pay more and more for online purchases. My wife is an avid quilter and orders patterns and material from various online sources. More than a few allow Pay at the checkout page. Still, in my neck of the woods the clerks always seem amazed at the process, like they’ve never seen it before.
    AppleExposedlolliverlostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 12
    One of Apple's hidden revenue streams no analyst ever talks about, I would love to know how fast this income is growing.
    lolliverlostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 12
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 929unconfirmed, member
    Hey Apple hating retailers, Are Ya'll Listening?!!?
    lolliverpatchythepiratelostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 12
    Luckily in Czech republic it is very rare to find a shop accepting cards that doesn’t accept contactless cards, therefore yesterday’s launch of Apple Pay here means we can use it with almost any store accepting card  B)
    edited February 20 kruegdudelolliverlostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 12
    I can’t wait for the day when I can cut out the credit card middleman....
    JFC_PAlolliverwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 12
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 929unconfirmed, member
    lkrupp said:
    Things are improving. I can use Pay at more and more retail locations. Of course there’s still the big deniers like Walmart. CVS and Target recently came on board. Furthermore I can use Pay more and more for online purchases. My wife is an avid quilter and orders patterns and material from various online sources. More than a few allow Pay at the checkout page. Still, in my neck of the woods the clerks always seem amazed at the process, like they’ve never seen it before.


    My Apple hating buddy used SamsungPay at Target(you read that right)* and the cashier lady was surprised and said "Wow never seen that. I heard of ApplePay". Happens all the time when people use Samsung, they get reminded of who they ripped off.


    I've read another story of some guy using SammyPay at McDonalds and the cashier was surprised while her co-worker said "That's ApplePay, you have to have an iPhone girrrl!" and the iKnockoff idiot got furious and yelled "NO IT'S NOT!!!"


    *For those who don't know SamsungPay is obviously less secure and emulates a normal striped credit card. Target had a huge data breach on their striped cards. Yeah, recipe for disaster.

    lolliverlostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 12
    bageljoeybageljoey Posts: 1,755member
    lkrupp 
    Still, in my neck of the woods the clerks always seem amazed at the process, like they’ve never seen it before.
    I can’t count how many times I was the first person ever to use ApplePay for a clerk or store. 
    We got the numbers, but we got to assert ourselves! Make it a point, people—pay with your watches and phones!!
    JFC_PAchialolliverpatchythepiratelostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 12
    JFC_PAJFC_PA Posts: 323member
    I’m very enthusiastic about the security of Apple Pay: it’s my dealbreaker for every routine purchase. I’ve seen ApllePay on gas pumps but not yet in my area.  Here’s hoping!
    lolliverlostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 12
    Question about Apple Pay and privacy. 
    Last night I went to a website that I have not visited previously and it said- we see you have Apple Pay, would you like to use it? 
    In the preferences box on my Mac I have “allow websites to check if Apple Pay is set up” unchecked.

    Now how do they know I have Apple Pay if Safari is set to not communicate that?
  • Reply 11 of 12
    Malcolm, don't forget one of the most impressive statistics regarding Apple Pay's dominance of the mobile payments industry: Apple reported in Oct 2017 that Apple Pay has now captured an amazing 90% of all mobile contactless transactions where active. Merchants and others who have partnered with Apple say that Apple Pay is accounting for 90 percent of all mobile contactless transactions globally in markets where it’s available. Note that those 20 markets represents a full 70 percent of the world’s card transaction volume.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 12
    chasmchasm Posts: 1,544member
    You can use Apple Pay basically everywhere in the UK, Canada, and most of Europe. Get on the stick, US.
    watto_cobra
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