From Wednesday 12th July 2017, online buyers in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Netherlands and Mexico can use their PayPal account to pay for Apple Music, App Store, iBooks and iTunes purchases made via their Apple devices.
PayPal have announced that the option will be expanded to other countries such as the United States in the near future.
Until now, owners of Apple devices were only able to purchase the aforementioned digital products using a gift card or registered bank card. The announcement means that, in future, owners of Macs, iPads, iPad Touches, and iPhones will also be able to make purchases by using a valid PayPal account.
To choose PayPal from the available payment methods in iOS, customers should go to Settings / iTunes & App Stores, tap on their Apple ID, and then choose payment information. The same options can be accessed via iTunes on Mac (or on a PC) by using the Account Quick Link.
Once a user has updated his or her account settings, everything they buy with their Apple ID in future will automatically be debited to the PayPal account on record. This includes iCloud storage, Apple Music subscriptions, and purchases of music, apps, TV shows, movies and books.
The latest development brings PayPal’s One Touch service to owners of Apple devices for the first time, meaning they can now buy a whole range of digital products directly from their Apple devices, including Apple Watch and Apple TV.
A very convenient feature is that the system will remember them on that particular device, so that it is no longer necessary to sign in every time payment is required for a purchase.
PayPal said the system offered a ‘secure and versatile payment method to meet the growing demand for digital entertainment.’