The feature wasn’t directly related to Apple Pay, but gave customers banking options within popular messaging apps.
It is not Apple’s first clash with Australian banks over mobile payments.
Apple fired back accusing the banks banks of pushing the costs of Apple Pay on to their customers, delaying the expansion of the service to 70 percent of Australian card holders.
A Westpac spokesperson said “This is disappointing for us and the thousands of customers who are now using it”.
“We apologies to our customers for any inconvenience caused and thank them for their continued support”.
Security concerns around the unintended sending of payments could also be responsible for the halt, but Apple has approved similar mobile keyboard apps from Indian and Spanish banks, and the technology itself was developed by Israeli company PayKey.
It allowed users to send money to each other via chat apps by changing the default keyboard to a custom one that plugged into Westpac’s banking app and payment platform.
When asked about other banking apps around the world now enabling keyboard payments, Apple again declined to comment. “So if any bank anywhere globally screws it up, then Apple is the one that wears the hit by association”, the insider said.
“A source today told the AFR that “.at this stage it really does look like an anti-competitive move from Apple, where they are just shouting “get off my future lawn”.
The surprising decision has sparked speculation that the technology giant is planning to launch its own mobile payments keyboard, and has blocked Westpac’s Keyboard to remove competition.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation, National Australia Bank, and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank accused Apple of acting against the interests of customers. However, the rollout has mostly been stalled by the country’s Big Four banks. See the original article here.
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