Apple shutting down Pay Later, its Affirm rival, after one year

The iPhone maker took the step after announcing that third-party services would be integrated into its upcoming iOS 18 software. — Bloomberg

NEW YORK: Apple Inc is shutting down its Pay Later programme, which let customers make purchases on an installment plan, marking a retreat from efforts to offer more financial services in-house.

The company said on Monday that it’s no longer offering loans for Apple Pay Later, which allowed users to pay off purchases of as much as US$1,000 over four installments.

The iPhone maker took the step after announcing that third-party services, such as ones from Affirm Holdings Inc and Citigroup Inc, would be integrated into its upcoming iOS 18 software.

“Starting later this year, users across the globe will be able to access installment loans offered through credit and debit cards, as well as lenders, when checking out with Apple Pay,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“With the introduction of this new global installment loan offering, we will no longer offer Apple Pay Later in the United States.”

Apple launched its Pay Later programme in the United States last year using an in-house platform. For the first time, Apple itself issued the loans to customers via a new subsidiary.

But it still relied on Goldman Sachs Group Inc and MasterCard Inc to help handle the process.

The new services in iOS 18 will be available globally through the company’s Apple Pay platform.

And users with open loans will continue to be able to manage them within the Wallet app, Apple said.

“Our focus continues to be on providing our users with access to easy, secure and private payment options with Apple Pay,” the company said.

Apple added that “this solution will enable us to bring flexible payments to more users, in more places across the globe.

The spokesperson said the a statement that this would be achieved in collaboration “with Apple Pay enabled banks and lenders”.

The news was previously reported by 9to5Mac. — Bloomberg

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