Apple Rejects 'Samsung Pay Mini' on App Store Ahead of January Launch

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samsung pay 1Apple has rejected "Samsung Pay Mini" on the App Store for undiclosed reasons, following an earlier report claiming the app would be available on iOS, according to ETNews.

Samsung confirmed Apple's rejection and said it will not resubmit the app, but rather focus solely on Android ahead of its expected launch at CES 2017 in the first week of January.

"Samsung Pay Mini" is reportedly an app that will extend Samsung Pay to other smartphones beyond Samsung's own Galaxy-branded devices, thereby competing with Android Pay.

The report claims Samsung has finished testing Samsung Pay Mini with some South Korean credit card companies, but it did not specify if the app will be made available elsewhere. Meanwhile, it said Apple Pay could launch in South Korea in the first half of 2017.

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51 months ago
Samsung submitted an app it knew it would get rejected, just to be able to say "see, Apple rejected us because we're Samsung"?

Apple's iOS app guidelines are clear about apps that circumvent Apple's payment flow, it must either go through Apple (which takes a cut, etc) or it doesn't have any payment features, everything else gets rejected.
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51 months ago
It could just be because it's Monday and I haven't had enough coffee yet, but can someone explain to me a legitimate reason someone with an iPhone would opt to use Samsung Pay over the already integrated Apple Pay?
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51 months ago
So much for good competition. That's a bad Apple.
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51 months ago

Samsung isn't loving sleep over this after it's favorable Supreme Court ruling,saving them hundreds of millions

Samsung made more profit on this court case than on its mobile phone department so that technically makes them a patent troll.
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51 months ago

If I had to guess and after a quick read of the App Store guidelines, I'm guessing it circumvented Apple's security (which may have been necessary for it to operate) and/or it was submitted with the intention of making Apple look bad by rejecting it.

Personally you should be able use whatever you want but unlike someone posted about having to use an iPhone for work: I'd personally never ever have anything personal on my work phone ESPECIALLY payment details.
I hate carrying 2 phones and was told I could just make the work phone my personal one (which would save me money) but no thanks. Keep them separate is always best.
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I 100% agree. Makes using a card feel downright cryptic. Like going to a Walgreens and writing a check.

LOL. Let me get this off my chest. So I went to Best Buy and "tried" to pay with my debit card. No joke, it was a 2 min checkout. I had to keep tapping that I didn't want to donate, didn't want e-receipt, didn't want best buy credit, didn't want protection plan... I must have touched the payment terminal 20 times even before I got to input my pin number. I told the guy, not for nothing, but that was a 2 min checkout, for a single USB cable... and he said it's better than a 3 min checkout. I told him tell me which stores have the 3 min checkout so I can avoid them too! Before I left, he asked me if I wanted to take the optional blood test. I declined. Well that last part is not true, but the rest is 100% accurate :)
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51 months ago

Doesn't Samsung pay require NFC? If so I am not surprised it was rejected. Apple hasn't really opened up NFC for much yet. I was surprised they are allowing Suica on Japans iPhones.

It's really not clear what the "Samsung Pay Mini" app is supposed to do, to be honest. From the name and the lack of an open NFC API on iOS, it's probably not full-blown Samsung Pay functionality. So maybe it only facilitates Samsung Pay as a payment option on websites, and/or lets you check your payment history, for example.
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