You can pay now with Bitcoin on your iPhone.
Owners of Apple devices can now use Bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies to buy goods and services, providing a new arrangement with blockchain payments firm BitPay.
The company’s mobile payments service, Apple Pay, will now support BitPay debit cards, which convert crypto holdings into local fiat currency (e.g., USD, GBP, AUD) when a payment is made.
As per a BitPay blog post, consumers will be ready to make in-app, contactless, and online buying using Bitcoin via Apple smartphones, tablets, computers, and smartwatches.
The BitPay debit card also allows for payments to be made using a range of altcoins, such as Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Ether (ETH), as well as USD Coin (USDC), Pax Standard (PAX), and Binance USD (BUSD) stablecoins.
According to BitPay, the facility is also set to land for Android users by the end of the quarter via updates to Samsung Pay and Google Pay services. You can pay now with Bitcoin on your iPhone.
Bitcoin payments on iPhone
One of the most significant criticisms levelled at Bitcoin, as a new payments ecosystem, is that holders have little opportunity to spend their crypto because only a minority of vendors support this transaction type.
With simple crypto payments now available to the millions of Apple Pay users, the pool of viable transactions has dramatically expanded.
And nor is Apple the only large technology incumbent working to bring crypto payments to the masses. In October, payments giant PayPal also unveiled a new digital wallet that allows account holders to buy, sell and transact using a range of cryptocurrencies.
When it comes to Bitcoin specifically, however, the problem of volatility remains. At the time of writing, the currency is expected to crest a $50,000 per coin valuation, up from just $15,500 in mid-November (a circa 225% increase).
That means that anyone that purchased Bitcoin three months ago can now be said to have overpaid with higher than 3x, in light of the currency’s new valuation. Simultaneously, if the digital currency were to dive (as has been known), any purchases made in Bitcoin today would effectively be at a discount.
For this reason, transacting using the world’s first and most famous cryptocurrency carries significant risk, so holders are advised to exercise caution and ensure they can receive any potential damages.