Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner speaks about Apple Pay throughout an Apple particular occasion on the Flint Heart for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California.
Apple is in search of a lead negotiator to strike partnerships with “various cost” companions, in accordance with a job itemizing posted on Tuesday.
The function, in accordance with the itemizing, would come with screening potential companions, negotiating and signing offers, and launching new applications and options for Apple’s Wallets, Funds, and Commerce crew. It’ll additionally work with Apple Pay groups.
“Lead the partnership program with key gamers within the Different Funds ecosystem, overlaying the entire means of accomplice identification, enterprise case improvement and socialization, partnership negotiation, contract signing and execution, go to market launch and continued partnership worth development,” the job itemizing says.
Like most Apple job listings, it does not point out particular merchandise or partnerships that the function would work on. However it does point out some examples of different funds expertise that Apple is in search of, together with digital wallets, BNPL (purchase now pay later, like Affirm), quick funds and cryptocurrency.
Apple has a digital pockets app constructed into the iPhone, known as Pockets. When it began in 2012, it may maintain digital boarding passes. Over time, it has grown to incorporate a lot of monetary providers, akin to contactless Apple Pay, peer-to-peer funds, the Goldman Sachs-powered Apple Card and loyalty rewards applications.
Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner has publicly mentioned his imaginative and prescient of a future with out bodily money, solely digital funds.
Apple has not but introduced a characteristic to permit iPhone customers to extensively settle for funds, besides by its peer-to-peer service. However the firm has thought-about the thought. Final yr, Apple purchased Mobeewave, a startup that constructed software program that allowed gadgets with NFC chips, like Apple’s iPhones and iPads, to develop into cost terminals.
Apple’s curiosity in cryptocurrency is much less clear. After Tesla invested in Bitcoin this yr, some analysts have instructed that Apple ought to begin providing the power to purchase and promote cryptocurrency.
However Apple executives have poured chilly water on the thought. In 2019, an Apple Pay govt mentioned that the corporate noticed “long-term potential” in cryptocurrency expertise however is not centered on it. Later that yr, Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner shot down the thought of Apple launching its personal cryptocurrency, like Fb’s Diem.
An Apple consultant did not return a request for remark. The job itemizing was first reported by Coindesk.