Apple’s iMessage text-messaging app could soon allow users to send money to each other, with the Apple Pay digital wallet application employed to make payments speedy and secure.
The plans, which were billed as ‘a whisper’ rather than solid fact by famed Apple- watcher Mark Gurman, would put Apple’s messaging tool on a par with Facebook Messenger and Google’s Gmail.
The exact workings are unclear, but it’s likely that users with Apple Pay would be able to send money by using the fingerprint scanner on their iPhone’s Touch ID home button.
The feature is set to part of iOS 10, which Apple will reveal at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) event, which starts on June 13th in San Francisco.
The company is also set to unveil a major overhaul of Apple Music, as well as plans to bring Siri voice commands to more apps.
The latter could give Siri a huge boost at a time when it faces increasing competition from rival products from Amazon and Google.
iOS 10 will be released for iPhones and iPads in autumn, alongside the new iPhone 7.