Apple customers in the US and the UK are now able to use their PayPal accounts to pay for physical products in the company’s online store (via Re/code). With this in mind, we can therefore assume that Canada, if not the next on the list, shouldn’t be that far down.
This is a major step forward, and one that offers more payment options to customers. Previously customers were able to pay for products and accessories in the online store only by special financing or credit and gift cards.
Starting today however, if you are a customer based in the US or UK, you’ll see PayPal listed as an additional payment option when finalizing an order. Customers will be redirected to the PayPal website, where they will need to login using their credentials.
But if you aren’t a PayPal customer, that’s no issue: you can set up a PayPal ‘pay guest’ account.
This isn’t the first time Apple and PayPal have united — although with the launch of Apple Pay, the two might well become competitors: customers can purchase iTunes or App Store content by paying with PayPal.
Accepting PayPal in the online store is a significant move for both parties: Apple is promoting the PayPal Credit payment method, allowing shoppers to pay for an item in equal monthly instalments (up to 18 months), while PayPal gets access to the second largest online retailer.