Apple is looking forward to hiking a business development manager with experience within the crypto ecosystem to steer its “alternative payments” partnership program.
Within am official Wednesday job posting, Apple revealed that candidates should have 5 years or more “working in or with alternative payment providers, like digital wallets, BNPL [buy now pay later], Fast Payments, cryptocurrency and etc.”
The Cupertino tech giant added that the manager would be Apple’s chief negotiator for the choice payments ecosystem.
“The Apple Wallets, Payments, and Commerce [WPC] team is seeking an experienced Business Development Manager to steer Alternative Payments Partnerships,” Apple added.
Apple has long maintained an ironclad grip on overpayments, especially in its App Store, which has never accepted users’ crypto and forces all catalog apps to use Apple’s commerce rails and play by Apple’s rules.
That tightly-controlled ecosystem is among the focus of a blockbuster court fight launched by Fortnite developer Epic Games. Epic alleges Apple’s rules violate antitrust laws and stifle payments innovation. App developers could accept “bitcoin or other crypto assets” if not for Apple’s restrictions, Epic claimed within the suit.
Apple has made no public statements about its plans for the crypto businesses. Even so, pockets of the crypto businesses seem to be preparing for Apple. Coinbase included Apple Pay graphics within a recent app update, consistent with MacRumors.