Apple Pay is the most secure way to pay, with a catch
Paying for things with your phone isn't a new concept, but with the launch of Apple Pay, it might be something people actually start doing.
Apple Pay works like this.
When you're checking out at the cash register, you'll grab your iPhone.
Then, without even waking up your device.
Tap or wave the phone in front of the credit card terminal.
Within a few seconds you'll chose the card you wanna pay with.
Scan your fingerprint with touch ID and you're on your way out.
It's true that using a plastic card doesn't take much longer.
But that's not why you're using Apple Pay.
When you buy things using your phone the merchant never sees your credit card number.
In fact, your card number isn't even stored on your iPhone.
What the merchant does see is a token, a random 16-digit number that's as useful as an expired credit card.
Tokens are stored in the secure element.
It's super secure.
It's tamper-proof, and can be only accessed when you initiate a transaction.
That's why only the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can use Apple Pay, they've got the secure element.
Apple isn't the first to introduce mobile payment.
Flashback to 2012 when Google Wallet launched, and you'll experience a little deja vu, there was tokenization, there was a secure element, and there was a pretty fast checkout experience.
What Google didnt have was the infrastructure, but it is available.
For instance, cabs in New York City, they accept Google Wallet.
Still, there are only 2200 stores in the US that can actually accept Apple Pay but hang on tight.
By the end of 2015 a new law will encourage many merchants to to switch to smarter credit card [INAUDIBLE] Until then, consider using Apple Pay where you can.
You'll be thankful during the next credit card security breach.