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(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.

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.

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools can be used to provide budgeting advice, but 68% of debit cardholders don’t like that AI can access their data. Creating a monetary value in sharing that data (like Andrew Yang proposes in his Data Dividend Project) could create greater interest in such tools. Currently, 34% of cardholders express interest in an AI tool that has access to their financial information and gave budgeting recommendations based on a cardholder’s income and expenses.

Products on the market currently offering this type of function, less the incentive, include:

(New York, NY): Apple’s new credit card will be released later this summer and is well-positioned to capture the attention of Apple’s existing shoppers and Pay users, according to a study by Auriemma Research. The card appears designed with Apple enthusiasts in mind and may encourage the use of Apple Pay.

Although the Apple card has not yet been released, it is already well-liked by Apple Pay users. Three-quarters of them are attracted to the card’s offer, which includes a strong incentive for using Apple Pay at the point-of-sale. Cardholders earn 3% cash back on all Apple purchases, 2% for using Apple Pay, and 1% for using the physical card. Unlike most rewards cards, Apple’s rewards will be available automatically, deposited on an Apple Cash card daily or applied as a statement credit with no activation or redemption necessary.

“In the past, any uncertainty or issues using mobile payments often led consumers to fall back to the plastic card to avoid friction at the point-of-sale,” says Jaclyn Holmes, Director of Auriemma Research. “Shoppers now have reason to ask the cashier if Apple Pay is accepted in order to maximize the rewards they’ll earn on the purchase.”

Cash back won’t be the only thing encouraging Apple cardholders into Apple Pay. The digital card will be stored in the Wallet app, along with accompanying tools and features (e.g., sophisticated spend analyzers, transparent payment calculators). Because of this integration, Apple cardholders’ familiarity with the Wallet app (and Apple Pay) should increase.

Apple’s titanium card is different from others on the market, featuring a sleek and numberless display and a redesigned EMV chip. But even Apple’s physical card softly promotes Apple Pay usage. Those who want to make contactless payments will need to use their phone, since the physical card is not expected to support contactless technology.

“The Apple card appears to be another way to get brand loyalists interested in Apple Pay,” says Holmes. “While we shouldn’t expect swaths of non-Apple users to buy an iPhone so they can use an Apple card, we can expect increased engagement among those who already own one.”

Apple Pay users are already abuzz about the offer, according to Auriemma’s study. About half of Apple Pay users have heard about the card, an extremely high proportion considering the card has not yet launched. Awareness for the card is also notable (27%) when looking broadly at all consumers eligible for mobile payments.

Apple’s announcements often garner significant media attention, but these high levels of awareness are impressive for payments. An introductory video for the Apple card uploaded in tandem with the late-March announcement has racked up 17.5 million views as of August 2019, over ten times the number of views for similar videos for other cards.

Interest in Apple’s new credit card also spans beyond brand loyalists. Three-quarters of Apple Pay users are attracted to the Apple card, but so are 60% of eligible non-users. Those who are not attracted to the card most often say it is because they don’t make frequent Apple purchases or they don’t use Apple Pay much/at all. A notable proportion also mention that the rewards were unappealing, citing better rewards with existing cards or cash back percentages being too low.

The interest among non-users represents an opportunity for Apple to increase its Pay user base after over four years of stagnant growth. And between the cash back offer, the integration with Apple Pay, and the contactless technology only being available with the phone, it appears the Apple card is well-positioned to do just that.

“While the Apple card may have an impact on Apple Pay usage, its reception will likely impact other card products and comfort with mobile payments generally,” says Holmes. “Many payment professionals are already thinking about how cardholder expectations for the digital experience may shift in response.”

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 April-May 2019, among 2,029 mobile pay eligible consumers. Respondents were screened to own an eligible smartphone or wearable device. 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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