Apple Pay Cash service launches in US

Apple Pay Cash service launches in US

Apple Pay Cash service launches in US

Owners of Apple's notch-equipped iPhone were quick to complain that, after installing the update, their handset displayed a message stating that "Face ID is not available".

The new feature is the biggest part of Apple's latest iOS11.2 update which they had no choice but to release early thanks to software bugs in 11.1.2. This bug appears to be the reason Apple pushed out iOS 11.2 so quickly to all users.

To start with, the iOS 11.2 was scheduled for the for the Over-The-Air (OTA) update later this month, but the company chose to rush it out, to fix the bug which as continuously crashing/restarting the device after 12:15 AM on December 2.

Now Apple has flipped the switch meaning all US users can begin using the Square Cash and Venmo competitor. Apple Pay Cash, the method for using Messages to send person-to-person payments, is included in the release but not yet functional.

Although Apple Pay Cash has tons of features, it only works with iPhone.

More details on Apple Pay Cash from Apple can be found here.

The Apple Pay improvements were announced during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Apple Pay uses Green Dot bank and the Discover Network to process transactions, but also uses your debit card for funds when you don't have an Apple Pay Cash balance.

You also need to verify your identity.

If you're one of the users affected by the bug, you can take advantage of iOS' built-in text replacement feature to right the ship. The good news is that even if your primary Apple Pay card is a credit card, Apple Pay Cash defaults to using the debit card on file to help avoid that fee. To verify, enter your SSN and date of birth. You'll also need to select if you'd like to send or request the amount chosen.

That could lead people to use other free apps, like Venmo and Square Cash to send money to those who have Android devices.

There's a new way to send cash to friends and family. Hopefully, it'll become more widely available in the coming days, just in time for the holidays. After receiving a payment in their Apple Wallet, customers can use the cash to make Apple Pay purchases online or in-stores, or transfer the money to their linked bank account. "We accept digital money in almost all fiscal functions - from purchasing bonds and stocks, to managing checking and savings accounts, to simply splitting a dinner bill - removing the need for physical money". You can find out how to set up your Apple Pay Cash card here.

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