Apple Pay brought together everything from Passbook to Touch ID to launch Apple into the mobile transaction business. It was the company's first major new product category since the iPad and its been expanding steadily in the U.S. since October. As a service, Apple Pay is compelling enough that Android owners should consider switching to iPhone. It offers better security, efficiency, and experience for everyone along the chain, from banks to retailers to customers. And it could also be the first of those kinds of services "only Apple" is positioned to provide. Matt Richman:
Ben Bajarin, writing for Tech.pinions, highlights the value, and how it applies to other services as well:
The same way Apple Pay makes for a better transactional service for everyone involved, HealthKit, HomeKit, and CarPlay could make for better healthcare information, home automation, and driving services. (Entertainment and other areas could likewise follow.) Apple won't need to be a data company, appliance manufacturer, or car maker, any more than they need to be a bank, but they'll be able to ensure their customers get better packaged, more accessible, more approachable, and more enjoyable experiences in all those areas.
And that once again raises the value of owning an iPhone.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.