New details are emerging on Apple Pay Cash as it inches closer to its launch with an expansion of beta testing to Apple’s retail employees.
Officially announced by Apple this past June, Apple Pay Cash is a peer-to-peer money transfer service designed to operate through Apple’s Messages app; in other words, it lets Apple users text money to each other. Initially it seemed that Apple was preparing to launch the service with its iOS 11 update this autumn, but the operating system launched without it. Nevertheless, a video tutorial on how to use Apple Pay Cash appeared on YouTube in late September, further underlining that Apple Pay Cash is in the pipeline.
Now, MacRumors reports that an Apple retailer employee has confirmed that the company has expanded beta testing to its staff; seeking to familiarize store employees with the service suggests Apple wants them prepared to show customers how to use it, which points to an imminent launch.
The anonymous source also appears to have demonstrated the registration process for MacRumors, with a “Verify Your Identity” process prompting users for their name, address, date of birth, and Social Security Number. The registration process also reportedly requires a verified iCloud account. That may suggest that Apple Pay Cash won’t use biometric document verification as some have speculated; though it’s also possible that such a security feature will appear once the face-scanning iPhone X sees its official release.