Apple’s introduction of Touch ID to the iPhone 5s was an exciting move. Not only did this help increase security, but also opened up many possibilities. Unfortunately those possibilities were limited as it appeared that Apple had no plans, at that time, to open it up to developers. This allowed Samsung to beat Apple to the punch by allowing for PayPal support with the Galaxy S5.
However when Apple announced iOS 8 at WWDC earlier this week, they also announced the Touch ID API that would allow developers to start using the feature on iPhones. Now PayPal is a possible candidate to use the feature and it seems that the company is considering it, according to a source inside PayPal who told the folks at Business Insider.
According to their source, “It seems to be a fairly easy API to use, but we’re still kicking the tires.” What this means is that the company is still doing their research about the possibility of incorporating it, and while it remains to be seen whether or not that will happen, PayPal has also confirmed that the company’s developers were in attendance at WWDC, so their interest, at the very least, is there.
In fact with PayPal taking advantage of the Touch ID sensor, it could open the door to a mobile payment service that Apple has been rumored to be working on. It remains to be seen if that will happen or if PayPal will be able to beat Apple to the punch, but what do you guys think? Would you like to see PayPal take advantage of Touch ID?