apple payApple Pay is Apple’s venture into the payment market. If you’re American and have an iPhone 6, iOS 8.1 or later, an Apple Watch or a new iPad you can partake in some swiping motions when paying for things. Near field communication is the “ooh look at this” technology your mum will probably love.

Like Android Pay, Apple Pay has a plethora of stores where you can use this. Tim Cook called magnetic stripe acrd payment broken, outdated, and vulnerable. So according to the people who stuck your phone and music player together you won’t need to carry those bits of plastic anymore. Just your sleek shiny phone.


But what about when the battery dies? What about lending your friend your card to go get some pizza? The bombastic and bold claims of tech companies tend to be foster inside a bubble of economic affluence. Yeah those with Apple Watches might find it great to pay without using their hands. Their hands being full of discount quinoa and kale from Whole Foods, which they wouldn’t have known about if it weren’t for their smart watch.

Apple and Android Pay are respectively the deluxe and standard cardless payment device. Security on both is meant to be good. Banking level good. Which is expected. But if heinously stupid demands from moronic politicians and devious intelligence agencies for backdoors to be created then can this security last?

We’ve had data leaks before, the damage they have caused varies depending on who you talk to. Those who say they do damage are often the ones calling for these weaknesses to be inserted into the system. As more and more of our lives becomes integrated with technology we need to really assess whether we’d be better compartmentalising some aspects of our life.

Apple Pay will work. It will help you pay for things using your phone. But it will also add another avenue for dataveillance to expand into.