Apple presented a preview of iOS 15 during an online keynote for Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the company’s mid-year software show, earlier this month. Apple CEO Tim Cook said this next major version of the iPhone’s operating system will launch in the fall — likely in September. iOS 15 brings an enormous number of new features and improvements.
Mobile wallets are more than just a credit card alternative. It is no secret that people are moving towards mobile payments while using Apple Pay and Google Pay services. In a becoming-digital world, mobile phones are a convenience of everyday life, influencing people’s behaviors. You can help businesses to adapt to this mobile-centric market and the movement towards mobile wallets.
While the whole mobile marketing is relatively new, the idea of a mobile wallet as a marketing and loyalty platform is even newer. And there are some misconceptions out there about it. Here are a few myths that you might have heard. And let’s shed some light on them.
Apple Pay was designed to replace our leather wallets. And Apple is well on its way to doing just that. In today’s world, Apple Pay is truly one of the best ways to shop online and in person, and is much more secure than cards or cash. It is a secure and easy way for people to make purchases in stores, in apps, and on the web.
Contactless payments are very popular in Europe as they are faster and more secure compared to swiping your plastic card or paying cash. However, as soon as you try Apple Pay, there is no chance you are going back to plastic.
Apple Pay provides a more convenient way to pay. It is basically a digital wallet on your iPhone and other Apple devices that lets you pay in physical stores, within mobile apps, and on the web. Your actual card number is never stored on your phone or on Apple’s servers. Instead, Apple Pay uses a specific device number and a unique transaction code to process payments and protect your information. This allows Apple Pay to be faster and more secure than a plastic card.
So what’s wrong with your plastic payment cards? To make the long story short, there is no meaningful security on them. Your payment card number is embossed on the front side, and embedded in a magnetic stripe on the backside, or in a built-in chip.
So you think you should just develop your custom mobile app to reach zillions of users, make big money, and become famous? Well, today, I would like to address why you just should not do exactly this.
Why would I engage with my favorite brands on my mobile phone? It is the most personal, most trusted and heavily used device which I have with me at all times. And I pick up or glance at it up to 200 times a day. Given that, I have strong preferences and expectations for how brands should engage with me on my device. Using push notifications, businesses can deliver relevant content to strengthen their brand and share information valued by their customers that underscores their brand purpose.
Many think that a mobile wallet is just about payments. I think the mobile wallet is a new and powerful marketing and loyalty platform. Peoples’ lives have become centered around mobile phones. They are constantly present in pockets and play a role of cameras, phones, web browsers and are a way to keep connected in daily life.
Whether I’m buying everyday household items, groceries, snacks for a road trip or grabbing a quick meal, Apple Pay is the easiest way to pay for me, while also being secure and faster than using a card at check-out. And I don’t need to dig through my wallet to find the card anymore.