As first spotted by our friends over at German language publication Macerkopf.de, Apple appears to be rolling out an option to make purchases on the Apple Online Store using PayPal. The feature appears to be limited to Germany currently, but it could mark the start of a broader roll out to other users.
Apple has never been opposed to offering the option to use PayPal for some services. Users in the U.S. have long been able to setup PayPal as a payment option for their Apple ID on the desktop, allowing them to purchase iTunes content with PayPal on iTunes & the Mac App Store. Apple does, however, already support PayPal payments for its online store in China.
It also allows its education customers to use PayPal for volume purchases of iOS apps, but the privilege didn’t extend to making purchases from the online store at Apple.com.
Apple’s help page for payments and tax information in Germany now explains how users can opt for PayPal at checkout, but we’ve yet to find the feature live in other countries that we’ve tested.
Users will not have to setup their PayPal as their payment option for their Apple ID, instead they will be redirected to log in using their PayPal username and password at the time of purchase:
When you place an order with PayPal you will be redirected to the PayPal website. There you will then need to login with your PayPal username and password. Before sending the order, whether the total amount and billing details are correct.
If you are not a PayPal customer, you can still choose this payment option, then set up a new account or pay as a guest. Your order consists of multiple deliveries, your PayPal account will be charged separately for each shipment.
We’ll keep you updated here if the service begins rolling out to others, and you can let us know in the comments below if you notice PayPal as a payment option in your country.
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