(London, UK): Apple announced this month that it is harnessing Open Banking APIs to deliver new features to Apple Wallet users. As part of the beta version of its iOS 17.1 update, customers can check their current account balances, transaction history and available credit directly in Apple Wallet. This will be rolled out to all customers when iOS 17.1 is officially released later in October. The current version is compatible with Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Monzo, RBS and Starling and is expected to expand to additional banks over time.

These improvements may further differentiate Apple Pay usage from its competitors Google and Samsung Pay. According to Auriemma Group’s latest issue of Cardbeat UK, Apple is the most popular of the bunch, with 17% of credit cardholders currently using Apple Pay, compared to 14% for Google Pay and 5% for Samsung Pay. Usage of Apple Pay notably rises to 47% among those ages 18-34.

The use of Open Banking APIs gives cardholders yet another reason to leave their wallets at home. Research from global card issuing platform Marqeta found that 73% of mobile wallet users feel confident enough to “leave their wallet at home, and only rely on their mobile phones for making payments.”

“Apple’s latest integration is another positive step for Open Banking and mobile wallet usage in the UK,” says Simon Cottenham, Head of International Partnerships at Auriemma Group. “Where previously one could view their Santander current account balance within their HSBC app, Wallet is a centralised app that is already used by millions of UK consumers today. As ever with Open Banking technology, compatibility with a broad reach of banks is key to its customer appeal and success, so Apple should focus on broadening its reach while it is ahead of the curve.”

Auriemma Group will continue to monitor this space closely in upcoming Cardbeat studies.

Survey Methodology

This Auriemma Research study was conducted online within the UK by an independent field service provider on behalf of Auriemma in July 2023, among 801 adult credit cardholders. The number of interviews completed on a monthly basis is sufficient to allow for statistical significance testing between sub-groups at the 95% confidence level ± 5%, unless otherwise noted. The purpose of the research was not disclosed nor did the respondents know the criteria for qualification.

(New York, NY) Mobile payments give cardholders the chance to lighten their physical wallet, but those in states like Arizona and Maryland may be able to go without a wallet altogether. In March, Apple announced that Arizona would be the first state to offer its locals the opportunity to digitally store their driver’s license or state ID in the Apple Wallet, and Maryland soon followed. But what impact, if any, will this have on mobile payment usage overall?

Auriemma Group’s latest Mobile Pay Tracker study found that ID provisioning could increase mobile payment usage notably. According to the research, 67% of mobile payment users and 20% of non-users would be interested in adding an ID to their mobile wallet. And nearly half of those interested say having an ID available in their mobile pay wallet would make them use it more. This is particularly striking among non-users, 45% of whom would begin using mobile payments as a result.

“With the addition of IDs, mobile wallets take one step closer to being a physical wallet substitute,” says Jaclyn Holmes, Director of Research at Auriemma Group. “Though we don’t anticipate mobile wallets to fully replace physical ones, this addition will make leaving home without one a greater possibility should your state provide the option.”

However, mobile payments have some work to do if they want to convert naysayers. 62% of those uninterested in adding an ID to their mobile wallet say they don’t like the idea of having all their personal information saved to one device, and 50% don’t think it would be secure. Over half of these cardholders also don’t trust mobile wallets enough to leave their physical ID at home, saying they would still carry it with them anyway.

When looking at those interested in adding their ID to a mobile wallet, however, 69% are comfortable leaving their physical ID behind. This is most prominent among younger cardholders, suggesting that over time comfort may increase.

“Mobile payments already allow consumers to add their payment cards, plane tickets, membership cards, and more,” says Holmes. “Adding IDs is the next logical step and is likely to promote mobile payment usage overall. As issuers consider their relationship to mobile payments, it would be worthwhile for them to envision a future where digital wallets are more commonplace, even if only supplemental to the physical wallet.”

Survey Methodology

Mobile Pay Tracker

This Auriemma Group study was conducted online within the US by an independent field service provider on behalf of Auriemma Group (Auriemma) in July 2022 among 2,182 adult mobile pay eligible credit cardholders. The number of interviews completed for both is sufficient to allow for statistical significance testing among sub-groups at the 95% confidence level ±5%, unless otherwise noted. The purpose of the research was not disclosed, nor did respondents know the criteria for qualifying.

Much like contactless card usage, Mobile Pay adoption grew in 2020. According to Auriemma’s Wave 3 issue of Mobile Pay Tracker, 40% of those eligible to use mobile payments report doing so, level with the all-time peak reported in W2-20.

(New York, NY) The death of plastic. Apple Pay’s launch in 2014 invited headlines touting the digital payments revolution, but in the years since, plastic has thrived. Consumers swiped, they dipped, and now they’re beginning to tap– all with a physical card. Some argue that the proliferation of tapping a physical card at checkout will increase comfort tapping one’s phone. However, a new issue of Auriemma Research’s Mobile Pay Tracker suggests that contactless cards may have some mobile-friendly consumers reverting from digital to physical payments.

Although mobile payments and contactless cards utilize the same near-field communication (NFC) technology, adoption of mobile payments is well behind contactless cards. Three plus years after its mainstream release, mobile payments have only been used by one-third of those eligible—far less than the 59% of contactless cardholders who have tapped with their contactless card.

Consumers appear amenable to contactless cards, specifically because the device (i.e., the physical card) is so familiar. Mobile payment users, however, are even more open to tapping their cards because they’ve been exposed to tapping with their phone. Three-quarters of mobile payment users have used a contactless card to make a contactless payment, compared to just four-in-ten non-users.

“Consumers have been repeatedly asked to change their payment behavior,” says Jaclyn Holmes, Director of Auriemma Research. “While adjusting to various card payments is easy, the larger switch in the physical mechanism of phone payments takes more time.”

Mobile payment users are enthusiastic about contactless technology. The majority (60%) expressed interest in using contactless cards, compared to just over one-quarter of mobile payment non-users. Mobile payment users are also more likely to believe contactless payments can improve everyday purchases. Over one-third say their experience with self-checkout lanes, grocery stores, vending machines, and public transportation would be made better if they were able to use contactless payments.

Until now, many terminals were not accepting of EMV contactless payments because of outdated technology. This has been a struggle for EMV contactless cards as well as Apple, Google, and Samsung Pay. However, with Visa now requiring all contactless terminals to support NFC contactless technology, both EMV contactless cards and mobile payments will have the space to grow.

Although these upgrades will make mobile payments an option at an increasing number of locations, that doesn’t mean mobile payment adoption will rise. Overall, consumers are uncertain about whether contactless card payments are better or worse than mobile payments—65% say they are about the same, 18% say they are better, and 17% say they are worse.

Those who believe contactless card payments are better typically say they are faster, easier, and more secure than mobile payments—three things mobile payment users often describe when asked why it is better to pay with mobile then with plastic. Those who believe contactless card payments are worse often express concerns about security (e.g., more susceptible to fraud, wouldn’t be any safer) and say they still need to take out their payment card.

“Consumers will have more options at checkout than ever before, but will they choose contactless cards or a mobile wallet?” asks Holmes. “Although upgraded terminals benefit both methods, the point-of-sale experience continues to be fragmented for mobile payment users who must pull out their physical card when things go awry.”

With contactless cards, technological barriers to tapping won’t upend the entire payment process. Consumers can still dip or swipe. This alone makes the case for contactless cards, which offer the mobile payment benefits people love without the barriers that have persisted since its rollout.

Survey Methodology

This Auriemma Research study was conducted online within the US by an independent field service provider on behalf of Auriemma Group (Auriemma) between January-February 2019, among 2,001 mobile pay eligible consumers. Respondents were screened to own an iPhone 8/8+7/7+/6/6+/6s/6s+/SE/X or Apple Watch (in combination with an iPhone 5/5C/5S) – a Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8 Edge/Edge+, S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active, a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge/Edge+, S6 Active or Galaxy Note 5, Note 7, or Note 8 – Gear S2 or S3 watch (in combination with an Android/iPhone smartphone) – and/or other Android phone with KitKat (4.4) OS or newer. All respondents also have a general purpose credit card in their own name.

About Auriemma Group

For more than 30 years, Auriemma’s mission has been to empower clients with authoritative data and actionable insights. Our team comprises recognized experts in four primary areas: operational effectiveness, consumer research, co-brand partnerships, and corporate finance. Our business intelligence and advisory services give clients access to the data, expertise and tools they need to navigate an increasingly complex environment and maximize their performance. Auriemma serves the consumer financial services ecosystem from our offices in New York City and London. For more information, call Jaclyn Holmes at (212) 323-7000.

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