Stripe rolling out beta program to support Apple's new Tap to Pay feature

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Apple Tap Tp Pay (Image credit: Apple)

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.

Apple today announced plans to introduce Tap to Pay on iPhone. The new capability will empower millions of merchants across the US, from small businesses to large retailers, to use their iPhone to seamlessly and securely accept Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets through a simple tap to their iPhone — no additional hardware or payment terminal needed. Tap to Pay on iPhone will be available for payment platforms and app developers to integrate into their iOS apps and offer as a payment option to their business customers. Stripe will be the first payment platform to offer Tap to Pay on iPhone to their business customers, including the Shopify Point of Sale app this spring.

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.

Turn an iPhone into a contactless reader using Tap to Pay on iPhone and the Stripe Terminal SDK. Accept payments from contactless cards, Apple Pay, and other digital wallets in person directly on an iPhone—no additional hardware required.Coming this spring to the US.

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.

Joe Wituschek

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.