According to new reports, Apple's online retail stores in the US and UK now accept PayPal and PayPal Credit as payment options.
First reported by Re/code last week, Apple is now allowing Apple.com customers to pay for goods using PayPal. Prior to this change, shoppers had to use an Apple gift card or a credit/debit card to purchase goods on the Apple online store. Apple has offered PayPal as a payment option in its App Store and iTunes but has not allowed PayPal as an option for its online retail store until now. Apple is also allowing users to take advantage of PayPal's financing system - PayPal Credit - which lets users break up payments over 18 months for purchases over $250.
Earlier this year, Apple and PayPal were at odds when talks of a partnership for Apple Pay went south after PayPal signed up to partner with Samsung to support the Galaxy line's biometric features. Following the launch of Apple Pay and the iCloud scandal, PayPal took out a full-page ad in three major newspapers criticizing Apple. "We the people want our money safer than our selfies. PayPal protecting the people economy," read the ad, urging users to download the PayPal app. Despite these issues, the companies decided to bury the hatchet and work together allowing Apple to offer another payment option for users and PayPal to get its service at the nation's second largest online retailer. The iTunes and App Store continue to allow PayPal as a purchase option.
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