Credit cards have essentially made cash obsolete (for those of us who are in the non-shady professions). Now smartphone payment apps are trying to make carrying around a piece of plastic seem stupid. Somewhere in there, I’m pretty sure video killed the radio star. And now, Apple wants you to conduct financial transactions – like splitting a check with friends – through its text messaging service, iMessage.
This week, Apple announced that for iOS 10, the brand’s iMessage service will allow peer-to-peer payments thanks to a partnership with digital payment company Square. The new feature claims to make sending money as easy as shooting a friend a text, meaning you’ll finally be able to butt-dial away your life savings. The service will also work with Siri, if you prefer to have your digital assistant handle all your financial dirty work.