December 31, 2015 3:05pm
Apple is planning to integrate peer-to-peer payments into a future version of iMessage, according to a recently published patent filing.
Unearthed by Quartz, the patent reveals Apple is working on a way to allow iOS users to send and request payments throughout its mobile operating system, including via phone calls and emails.
Should Apple follow through with the idea (and it should be noted here that the company has a history of sitting on its patents), it will follow the likes of Tencent, developer of the popular Chinese chat app WeChat, and Kik among the list of companies that want to position their messaging platforms as a viable way to conduct commerce. On WeChat, for instance, users are able to pay their bills, as well as shop online all while within the app.