Apple wants to let you make payments through texts, phone calls, and emails

Evidence that Apple wants to combine payments and iMessage is piling up. And it looks like the tech giant doesn’t plan to stop there.

A patent filing published earlier this month (Dec. 2015) indicates that Apple is not only looking at allowing people to send money over its text messaging service, but other services built into the iOS platform, including phone calls, email, and calendar invites.

Last month, Quartz reported that people close to Apple said the tech giant was exploring adding payments to iMessage.

Companies like Apple file patents that go unused all the time, but the application shows that Apple is paying attention to a key trend in the technology industry: the convergence of messaging and payments.

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Simone Olckers

Editor at Talan
Simone fulfils the main editorial function for all new content on Talan Innovation. She was previously the online editor for a luxury magazine based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her interest in innovation and technology is in it's application to the fashion industry. Simone began curating articles for Talan Innovation in December 2014. She is currently busy with her MBA in Fashion Business at IFA Paris.

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