In a look at this week’s payments industry news, we gather some of the reactions to Apple’s recent announcements from its Worldwide Developer Conference, and payments companies announce partnerships and new products to make payments easier for developers and merchants.
Apple made payments-related announcements at its WWDC event for developers on Monday, but at least one tech publication was underwhelmed by some of what it saw.
TechCrunch saw the tech giant’s introduction of a feature that allows users to scan QR codes within their camera app as being late to the party.
But reporting on the company’s launch of an Apple Pay P2P payments feature that works through iMessage, VentureBeat said the company was likely to present some serious competition to PayPal and Square.
Shopify announced an update of its look and feel, intended to help simplify interaction with the company, with faster page loading and easier navigation. The change is part of a broader focus on cohesive design guidelines that Shopify announced to its community in April, the company said in a blog post.
The company also announced that its “Kit” virtual marketing assistant is now free for certain Shopify store owners. Kit helps businesses manage marketing tasks such as sending thank you emails and automating accounting and invoicing.
UnionPay announced the extension of its QR code solution into Hong Kong and Singapore.
UnionPay cardholders can use the UnionPay app on their smartphones to generate a QR code, which is then scanned by the participating merchant to make a payment, the company said in a press release. It had launched the service in China at the end of May.
Payments service provider iPayment introduced its new payments gateway for developers. The gateway is intended to help developers provide their clients with the tools needed to accept all forms of payments from cards to mobile solutions such as Apple Pay, regardless of their vertical, the company said.
Payment facilitator PayU announced a relationship with Zooz, in which it would offer Zooz’s technology to its merchant clients. Zooz helps enable cross-border e-commerce by helping merchants adapt to local payment processes.
Leading payment facilitator Square announced that it has introduced its Virtual Terminal solution into the U.K. The company launched its presence in the U.K. in March.