When Apple unveiled the Touch ID API during its WWDC keynote earlier this week, users and developers alike immediately started considering possible uses. It seems PayPal was also quite interested in putting the fingerprint technology to work in its mobile app.
According to Business Insider, several PayPal developers attended a WWDC session on the new API and the company is actively considering its implementation. The idea here is likely to get a head-start on Apple, which is currently said to be working on its own mobile payment service in conjunction with several major payment processors.
When we’ll see PayPal’s Touch ID update is unknown. The iOS 8 software that’s currently in beta will need to become publicly available first, but unless Apple plans on announcing a payment service alongside the next-generation iPhone this fall, PayPal could be first major company to launch Touch ID-powered mobile payments.