Re: Apple Pay

So, lets do some grade A speculation:

I suspect that this is all built on standardised technology but given an
Apple shine.
For the system to work at "220,000 stores that already support contactless
payments" this would have to be the case.

Likely it is a combination of HCE (i.e. provision the phone's secure
element over the air) and the use of the tokenisation spec already
published by EMVCo (
I wouldn't be surprised if Apple had a hand in developing that tokenisation
spec with the networks.

What is interesting is that Apple are therefore working with issuers
primarily (whose cards are stored in iTunes), not acquirers.
They don't yet manage the full payment life-cycle end to end although one
can assume this will come soon when payments start being made from one iOS
device to another.

They haven't invented anything new (even if the US market thinks they have).
Apple very seldom do invent anything new. All of their revolutionary
"inventions" have been brilliantly executed versions of something that
already existed in some form or another.
However, we should not underestimate the power of the Apple brand coming
into our world.
They have just made contactless and mobile payments cool, even for the
folks that are completely non-technical.

This is still debit-pull card based payments but apple is providing the
complicated bits like the token store (or off-loading it to the card
That said, once users are used to using their phones to pay moving to a
push-based mechanism becomes that much easier and will be key to P2P

On 10 September 2014 05:35, Mountie Lee <> wrote:

> Hi.
> for the Apple Pay mechanisms,
> will it be correct as following?
> 1. real credit card information is stored at Apple side (same to iTunes
> way)
> 2. when user try to pay at store, a token (which is generated by apple,
> virtual credit card format?) is pass to merchant.
> 3. merchant send the token to their processor/acquirer
> 4. the participating banks will verify the token with Apple
> 5. settle money to merchant.
> does Apple Pay always need connected environment?
> regards
> mountie
> On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 7:31 AM, Stuart Langridge <>
> wrote:
>> On Tuesday, 9 September 2014, Kingsley Idehen <>
>> wrote:
>>> On 9/9/14 1:57 PM, St├ęphane Corlosquet wrote:
>>>> Quoting:
>>>> Our mission is to replace your wallet, starting by focusing on payments.
>>>> ...
>>>> Digging for your cards is antiquated.
>>>> The magnetic stripe interface is outdated and insecure.
>>> Yep!
>>> Just need to take a look at their APIs and other technical details.
>>> Apple is an important player in this space, for sure.
>>> Bear in mind that the antiquated magnetic stripe interface has already
>> been cast aside in most places that aren't the USA. Here in the UK we've
>> had contactless payment for years; it is not an exciting revolution, and we
>> should be wary of presenting something that (frankly) drags the US into the
>> 21st century as a thing that is super-important, because everyone else
>> already has it.
>> --
>> New Year's Day --
>> everything is in blossom!
>> I feel about average.
>>    -- Kobayashi Issa
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