To be honest Apple Pay Cash is not that big of a deal given the current climate and with the rollout of the new payments platform in Australia over the next year. Also as the rollout pushes out more and more it’s going to be less relevant in the market.
If the banks step up their implementation and make some minor changes which they probably will once all the banks are on board it’ll be a great cross platform financial institution independent option.
The real benefit from Apple Pay Cash in Australia in my opinion would’ve been to stick it to the banks that are holding out on rolling out Apple Pay but by the end of the year I highly doubt that’s going to be an issue but will see I’m sure our banks can be very stubborn.
Regardless there is a lot of issues with Apple Pay Cash that I’m sure Apple would like to solve before they push it out to more than one market.
It also requires them at this stage to partner with someone unless they’re willing to take the financial burden of licensing and meeting regulations in each individual country where they choose to roll the feature out.
I’m sure this is got more to do with the way Apple likes to do things they are currently running a limited public trial and as far as I’m aware Apple is probably the ones that are not allowing them to run the trial on the Apple Wallet Platform.
As I’m not aware of them running any trials with any other transport system in the world you’re pretty much announce it and roll it out or you develop in secret and release when you want to make it publicly available to everyone.
If Apple was willing to allow some kind of test program they would probably want it to be done in public with a partnership with Apple announcing it with them.
Correct it’s going to be rolled out as a transport card with in Apple Wallet. In my opinion I do like this option however it is tourism hostile for visitors so they should also in my opinion support generalised contactless payments on the network as well but given the technology they are using for their readers that may not be an option like it is for the Opal card.
Unfortunately androids implementation in the Google Wallet is more further along and has more features than Apple when it comes to transport cards.