What you need to know
- Stripe has announced a closed beta program for developers.
- The program will allow apps to test Apple's upcoming Tap to Pay feature.
- The feature will allow businesses to accept payments with just an iPhone.
Earlier today, Apple announced its Square-killer feature: Tap to Pay. The new feature will allow businesses to accept payments with their iPhone - without the need for an external device like Square's payment hardware.
Instead of tapping your iPhone or card to an external device, customers will just tap their iPhone or NFC-enabled debit or credit card directly to the business owner's iPhone. Apple is even rolling out the feature to all of its retail stores.
One of the first business partners that will support the feature is Stripe. In order to prepare businesses for the new feature, the company announced a closed beta program that will get developers access to the Stripe Terminal SDK.
Business who use Stripe (or want to) and want to use the Tap to Pay feature when it launches in the spring can sign up to join the beta program on the Stripe website.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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