Apple started accepting PayPal in its online retail store in both the U.S. and the U.K. on Thursday (Dec. 11). Although the two companies have been exchanging words of not-niceness regarding its rivalry with mobile in-store payment (ApplePay versus in-store PayPal), its online relationship has continued growing. PayPal had already been accepted in Apple’s iTunes app and content stores, Recode noted, and Apple is now also promoting the PayPal Credit payment method, which allows shoppers to pay for an item in equal monthly installments over up to 18 months with no interest.
But the firms are still keeping an in-store separation, with the Apple Store app still not accepting PayPal, according to a story in MacRumors. (Note: Gee, Apple has an awful lot of different and differentiated digital ways to pay for a company that prides itself on simplicity.)
MacRumors also reminded us of some of the less-than-pleasant recent Apple-Paypal exchanges. “Back in September, PayPal attacked Apple during the iCloud hacking that saw several celebrity accounts breached. Apple and PayPal were initially in talks to partner up for Apple Pay, but that deal may have soured due to a PayPal/Samsung deal that saw PayPal accepting payments authorized with the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor,” MacRumors said.