USPS takes Apple Pay for online payments – but still not at post offices
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The U.S. Postal Service now accepts Apple Pay, but Apple’s payment platform is currently only accepted online and likely won’t be usable for in-person transactions for some time.
The USPS did not support Apple Pay, but recently it adopted Apple’s mobile payment system for some transactions. An update to its website allows users to use Apple Pay to purchase various services, including through its various apps.
This means that Apple Pay can be used in transactions for The Postal Store, PO Box Online, Every Door Direct Mail, Click-N-Ship, and USPS Tracking Plus, among others, as noted Appleosophy. To complete the Apple Pay purchase, users must be using Safari version 10.0 or later on a supported iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
The new payment method is an advancement for the USPS and a change that will help people with their vacation packages. It is not yet full acceptance of Apple Pay. It only applies to the website, and not to OTC transactions at a physical post office.
Such a change to enable Apple Pay in-person transactions would require a major infrastructure and terminal upgrade, affecting some 34,000 locations across the United States.
However, USPS ‘willingness to use Apple Pay on the website could be a sign that you may be able to purchase postage using Apple Pay at post offices in the not too distant future.