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Apple Pay Essentials

By : Ernest Bruce
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Apple Pay Essentials

By: Ernest Bruce

Overview of this book

Apple Pay, one of the most talked about offerings of the latest iOS 9 release, is a digital wallet and electronic payment system developed by Apple Inc. Paying in stores or within apps has never been easier or safer. Gone are the days of searching for your wallet, and the wasted moments finding the right card! Now you can use your credit cards and rewards cards with just a touch. It allows payment to merchants, using Near field Communication (NFC), and within iOS apps. Implementing Apple Pay within apps for payment is a bit tricky, but our book solves this problem for you. Whether you are a brand new iOS app developer or a seasoned expert, this book arms you with necessary skills to successfully implement Apple Pay in your online-payment workflow. Whether you are a brand new iOS app developer or a seasoned expert, this book arms you with the necessary skills to successfully implement Apple Pay. We start off by teaching you how to obtain the certificates necessary to encrypt customers’ payment information. We will use Xcode and Objective C for the interface and Node.js for server side code. You will then learn how to determine whether the customer can use Apple Pay, and how to create payment requests. You will come to grips with designing a payment-processor program to interact with the payment gateway. Finally, we take a look at a business-focused view of Apple Pay protocols and classes. By the end of this book, you will be able to build a fully functional Apple Pay-integrated iOS app
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Chapter 1. Getting Started with Apple Pay

Apple Pay is a mobile payment system that lets iPhone users pay for goods and services using Touch ID. Instead of entering or confirming payment card information (credit or debit card) every time they make a purchase, users can authorize payment for items securely by touching the Home button. It is important to note that during an Apple Pay transaction, payment card information never leaves the user's phone; this information is stored securely in the device. Instead, a payment token stores all the information you need to process the payment all the way from authorization to settlement (that is, when the user's funds are transferred to your merchant bank account).

Using Apple Pay, you do not have to store your customers' payment card information on your servers. This helps reduce your customers' misgivings about paying for goods within your app; they trust that their payment card information is secure in their devices. You benefit by not having to deal with payment card information at all, at least not for Apple Pay-based transactions. (When a user's device does not support Apple Pay, or the user has not yet added payment cards to the device, you may have to process payment using regular means, which may involve capturing and storing payment card information.)

Although you are freed from storing payment card details on your systems, you still have to deal with processing the payments, either directly or through a payment gateway. In either case, you need to get an Apple Pay merchant identifier and certificate to decrypt the payment token that Apple Pay creates with a transaction's payment information. To use Apple Pay in your app, you need to enable the Apple Pay capability in your project, which requires the Apple Pay merchant identifier.

This chapter describes how online payments work, online payments being a web-centric version of the traditional Electronic Draft Capture (EDC) system used to process credit card transactions. You will also learn the basics of the Apple Pay payment workflow, starting with displaying the Apple Pay button when Apple Pay is available on the user's device, presenting the Apple Pay payment sheet, and processing the transaction on your servers.

This chapter will do the following:

  • Provide an overview of the online payment process

  • Introduce the Apple Pay payment workflow

  • Show you how to create an Apple Pay merchant identifier and certificate

  • Describe how to turn on the Apple Pay capability for an app in Xcode