Executive Briefing

Will Apple Pay Later move the needle?

Apple’s new payments tool is its latest play for control. (And your car is next.)

Apple Pay Later

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday with a pre-recorded keynote and a handful of announcements. As in years past, the focus was mostly on new software features coming to its major platforms — iOS for iPhones, watchOS for Watches, etc. — later this year.

The big picture: Apple has almost 2 billion active devices in use around the world, so anything it launches has a chance to change the way many people spend their time and money.

And it continues to tightly (and uniquely) integrate software, hardware, and services in a way that’s designed to delight users while increasingly keeping them within the Apple ecosystem.

One example that’s relevant to our interests: Apple Pay Later, a new “Buy Now, Pay Later” (BNPL) service for e-commerce transactions that’s built directly into the iPhone and will compete with similar services like Affirm, Klarna, and Afterpay.

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Dan Frommer

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