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Apple Pay cash: Not yet

Note: This story has not been updated for several years.

iOS 11 comes out tomorrow, a fact that Apple reminded everyone of today. But nestled in that announcement is a tidbit I don’t think we’ve heard before:

Coming this fall with an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4, Apple Pay users will be able to send and receive money from friends and family quickly, easily and securely. Pay and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they have in Wallet. When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash card in Apple Wallet and can use the money instantly.

As with the arrival of Messages in the Cloud, Apple has apparently decided that discretion is the better part of valor when it comes to a feature that would have a bunch of ugly consequences if it didn’t roll out in a rock-solid way. I’m not thrilled about waiting to send and receive money via Apple Pay, but I’d rather wait than have it ship broken.

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