The Cashless Society? It’s Already Coming

487 writes Damon Darlin writes in the NYT that Apple pay is revolutionary but not for the reason you think. It isn’t going to replace the credit card but it’s going to replace the wallet — the actual physical thing crammed with cards, cash, photos and receipts. According to Darlin, when you are out shopping, it’s the wallet, not the credit card, that is the annoyance. It’s bulky. It can be forgotten, or lost. “I’ve learned while traipsing about buying stuff with my ApplePay that I can whittle down wallet items that I need to carry to three”: A single credit card, for places that have not embraced, but soon will, some form of smartphone payment; a driver’s license; and about $20 in cash. Analysts at Forrester Research estimate that over the next five years, US mobile payments will grow to $142 billion, from $3.7 billion this year. “If I were to make a bet, I’d say that 10 years from now the most popular answer from young shoppers about how they make small payments would be: thumbprint. And you’ll get a dull shrug when you ask what a wallet is.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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The Cashless Society? It’s Already Coming


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