Stripe Launches 'Tap to Pay on iPhone' Beta Program Ahead of 'Spring' Release

Stripe today announced a closed beta program for Apple's upcoming "Tap to Pay on iPhone" feature, with a sign-up form available on its website. The payment platform said the feature is "coming this spring" in the United States.

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Tap to Pay on iPhone will allow newer iPhones to accept payments via Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets, with no additional hardware required. Apple said Stripe will be the first payment platform to offer Tap to Pay on iPhone to its partners, including Shopify for its Point of Sale app "this spring."

Tap to Pay on iPhone will allow individual merchants and small businesses in the U.S. to accept contactless payments in supported apps with an iPhone XS or newer. At checkout, the merchant will simply prompt the customer to hold their own iPhone or Apple Watch, contactless credit or debit card, or other digital wallet near the merchant's iPhone, and the payment will be securely completed using NFC technology.

Apple's new feature will turn iPhones into contactless payment terminals without additional hardware like a Square Reader, providing for a simple and convenient experience. It appears that the feature will be exclusive to the U.S. at launch.

Tap to Pay on iPhone will work with contactless credit and debit cards from leading payment networks, including American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa, according to Apple. The feature will be available to participating payment platforms and their app developer partners in an upcoming iOS beta version.

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Top Rated Comments

Hajj.david Avatar
31 months ago

That's not what Konigi is worried about.

What's to prevent someone from holding their iPhone next to someone's [S]buttocks[/S] wallet where the contactless credit card is and initiating a payment? Nothing.

I'm sure someone will come along and say you'll need a merchant account to accept payments and all that, but it's not as if people haven't had their identities stolen. All a thief needs to do is buy a burner iPhone, set it up with fake/stolen credentials, and create a merchant account with the same stolen credentials.

Once they've targeted enough people and completed enough transactions, withdraw the money to an external account that's also been set-up with stolen credentials and then transfer those fund to some offshore account or something.
Its a stupid concern given the hundreds of tap to pay terminals that already exist and are far smaller and easier to hide. I have yet to see a wallet more than $5 that doesn't have RFID protection. The last thing we need is for this to be another Airtag that started off so useful but now is beyond useless thanks to overly ridiculous concerns.
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imnotthewalrus Avatar
31 months ago
not exactly the kind of feature I would want to use as a beta... :eek:
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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
31 months ago
Hopefully, this gets expanded fast to other countries such as U.K.
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macsplusmacs Avatar
31 months ago
I love everyting about this new payment option for us AND the vendors.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
31 months ago
This will be a game changer with so many people already having iPhones. It is also great that Apple is opening this up to third parties like Stripe.
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UnforsakenLands Avatar
31 months ago
[HEADING=1]Square executives right now: [/HEADING]
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