Visa Targeting Fall Launch for Digital Wallet
Visa today announced plans to create and deliver a digital wallet that will let people more easily make purchases online with their phones. Visa is working with a number of financial institutions, including U.S. Bancorp, PNC Financial, Regions Financial, BB&T Corp, Toronto Dominion's TD Bank, and Barclays, to make the digital wallet happen. The digital wallet will let Visa cardholders store their credit card information online and allow it to be used for making mobile payments. Visa hopes to convince online retailers to make a "one click" button available on their web sites that will allow people to buy things without forcing them to enter all of their credit card data each and every time. Visa envisions the digital wallet enticing more people to make purchases directly from their phones when shopping online rather than using a computer. This is a separate endeavor from the near-field communications trials (for tap-and-go payments at retail stores) that Visa is conducting later this year.
Jun 7, 2021
Apple today announced iOS 15, the next version of its core software that powers iPhones. Version 15 is not a major overhaul, but does add a long list of new features.
Jun 7, 2021
Apple today announced a major expansion of its Wallet app to support many new kinds of keys and cards, getting closer to the goal of fully replacing all of your physical wallet and keys. In addition to the previously-announced digital car key feature, Wallet will now support smart home front door locks, government ID cards — include US state driver's licenses — corporate ID cards, hotel keys, and theme park passes.
Sep 1, 2021
Residents of Arizona and Georgia will soon be able to add a secure digital version of their driver's license or state ID to the Wallet app on their iPhone and/or Apple Watch. Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah have also announced plans to support Apple's implementation.
Dec 10, 2021
Hyatt has launched phone-based digital room keys at its first six hotel properties. iPhone and Apple Watch users can now choose to add their hotel room key to Apple Wallet and forego any physical room key.