If past rumours indicated anything, it was Samsung had plans to launch a new mobile payment application, dubbed “Samsung Pay Mini,” in January. The app should have made its debut on both iOS and Android, but as it turns out, however, the new app will not be available for iOS in the foreseeable future.
According to a report from ETNews (via MacRumors), Samsung’s new payment app, which was supposed to be launched on iOS as well, was rejected by Apple from being published in the App Store for reasons that are not yet known.
“Samsung confirmed Apple’s rejection and said it will not resubmit the app, but rather focus solely on Android ahead of its expected launch at CES 2017 in the first week of January,” reads the report.
Reasons for the rejection were not made public, but we can safely assume that Apple wants to keep Apple Pay the main go-to app for mobile payments on its own OS. Despite the fact that “Samsung Pay Mini” will be focused only on online payments, unlike Apple’s solution, which can completely replace your physical cards, it’s highly likely that Apple wouldn’t want a competitor in its own ecosystem.
“Samsung Pay Mini” is still reportedly coming to Android, most likely some time next month. The application will be the first step by the South Korean company towards extending its mobile payments support to other brands of phones, and not just its own.
Tests have already been carried out with local credit card providers, so it is certain that the app is launching in South Korea at some point, but Samsung has yet to let the world know which other markets it will target.
Last month, Samsung Pay made its beta debut in Canada, in a limited roll out to CIBC customers only.