The world’s largest company will brook no competition where it wraps its smoothly polished tentacles. The latest business it seeks to dominate is peer-to-peer cash payments.
Apple just announced that iOS 11 will support peer-to-peer payments through a new feature called Pay Cash, making it a direct competitor to similar services offered by Square Cash, PayPal, Venmo and even Facebook.
Of course, since everyone’s moving into that space formerly solely occupied by Elon Musk’s creation, PayPal, why wouldn’t Apple leverage its position as the Beast from Revelation 13? I mean, since more iPhones have become appendages of hands and heads than just about any other device in the world, it’s only Biblical to expect Apple to use it for all kinds of buying and selling.
He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. and no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)
Honestly, if I decided to study Bad Theology™, I could easily draw comparisons between Apple’s rise, demise, and reemergence, and the Beast from Revelation. But Steve Jobs, as far as we know, remains in his eternal tomb.
All prophecy aside, I do expect Apple’s peer-to-peer cash feature to severely cut into the other players in this market, if not dominate it. That’s how Apple rolls.
(Apple didn’t invent the cell phone, or the smart phone, but they practically own it now. They didn’t invent the PC, or the GUI, or the mouse, or many of the technologies used in Apple products today, but they did make them beautiful. I say this as an Apple fan, albeit with a grain of holy fear.)