iOS 11 Apple Pay Cash For iMessage Feature May Involve Scanning Of An ID To Work
Anyone who wants to take advantage of the new Apple Pay Cash feature for iMessage found in iOS 11 may have to go as far as scanning some form of ID in order to gain access if a recent discovery within the latest beta release of the software is anything to go by.
New code found in the seventh iOS 11 beta and reported by iHelp BR references the scanning of the front and back of an ID card, which would suggest that those failing to do so would be prevented from person-to-person transfers of funds within Messages app, although the Cash balance should continue to be available for use with Apple Pay in other apps.
Apple has not yet confirmed what the age requirement is for such a feature although the belief is that the need for ID could be related to some sort of age-related control over who is able to use it. Apple Pay Cash is a new version of Apple Pay that works similarly to PayPal, creating a holding area for funds. If Apple does intend to limit users based on age, then it could theoretically be with an aim to prevent youngsters from being lured into scams via the Messages app, sending their parents’ money to people they really shouldn’t.
Apple is expected to release iOS 11 early next month ahead of the release of the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, which will be the first new phones to ship with the software. Apple Pay Cash is just one of the new features that will debut as part of iOS 11, with some likely specifically designed for the iPhone 8 and any new hardware functionality it will bring to the table.
We expect iOS 11 to get some stage time again during the iPhone announcement, likely to take place on or around September 12th, if current rumors are to be believed.