Based on a job listing posted on Tuesday, May 25, Apple Inc., is seeking to hire a business development manager to be in charge of alternative payments, including cryptocurrencies.
The new role will be responsible for including screening potential partners, developing “alternative payment” partners, negotiating and signing deals. Also, to develop new programs and features for Apple’s wallet, payment, and commercial team. This means the new position will closely work with Apple’s wallet, payment, and commerce team.
“Lead the partnership program with key players in the Alternative Payments ecosystem, covering the complete process of partner identification, business case development and socialization, partnership negotiation, contract signing and execution, go to market launch and continued partnership value growth,” the job listing stated.
The recruitment requires candidates who are experienced in being the role of lead negotiator includes alternative payment experience in cryptocurrency, digital wallet, as well as other fast-growing forms of payments like BNPL (buy now, pay later services), among others.
Crypto enthusiasts rapidly seized the job opportunity, with the understanding that the Silicon Valley-based firm is preparing to dive deeper into payments through cryptocurrencies.
Crypto Creeping into Mainstream
The potential recruitment comes at a time when Apple start preparing in low-profile for payments by Bitcoin through its Wallet app.
The company does not want to be left behind as mainstream firms are jumping on the crypto bandwagon.
Apple seems to follow other competitors, such as Samsung which announced its plans to create native cold storage wallets on its smartphones recently.
In February this year, the BitPay wallet app rolled out support on major payment applications like Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.
Although the Coinbase App store listing currently does not support Apple Pay, it plans to bring a safer, faster way to spend cryptocurrencies to iOS users soon.
Reportedly, Bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies can now be used for payments using the Apple Pay app.