Apple Pay was released worldwide last weekend as a feature of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. With over 10 million units sold before stores closed on Sunday night, the equivalent of the entire population of New York City and Philadelphia combined will be soon equipped with the ability to hold up their phones to pay for goods and services at point of sale vendors or pay for in app purchases using a thumbprint. It is the in app purchases that we are most excited about becasue the hidden force behind many of these transactions will be none other than Authorize.Net.

Authorize.Net is not only one of a very short list of launch time Apple-approved partners for its new payment service, but is also one of the most user-friendly partners for e-commerce merchants of all sizes. You don’t have to be a major department store or a multi-million dollar franchise to accept this new form of payment. You simply need to have a qualifying Authorize.Net account and an Apple Pay account to enable the transaction, adjust the code, and begin accepting in app payments.

But what is a “qualifying” account? Currently, Authorize.Net partners with a number of processors, each of which will decide for itself whether to accept payments initiated by Apple Pay. Currently, a few huge processors are already on board to accept such payments, and more have indicated their intention to follow suit in the coming weeks.  Merchants whose Authorize.Net accounts are linked to one of these processors will be able to add Apple Pay as an option to their apps for in app purchases. (call us with any questions)

If you would like to add Apple Pay as an option to your app but don’t have Authorize.Net, we would be happy to help you figure it all out. If you already have a qualifying Authorize.Net account, but need help integrating it with Apple Pay or would like to learn more about this option, we invite you to read more here or give us a call at (207) 772-9737. We are always happy to help!