Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about Apple Pay at a special Apple event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California.
Apple is looking for a chief negotiator to partner with “alternative payment” partners, according to a vacancy posted Tuesday.
The role, according to the list, includes screening potential partners, negotiating and signing deals, and launching new programs and features for Apple’s Wallets, Payments and Commerce team. It also works with Apple Pay teams.
“Leading the partnership program with key players in the alternative payments ecosystem, which includes the full process of partner identification, business case development and socialization, partnership negotiation, contract signing and execution, market launch and continued partnership value growth,” says.
Like most job openings at Apple, it doesn’t list specific products or partnerships the position would work on. But it does list some examples of alternative payment experience Apple is looking for, including digital wallets, BNPL (buy now, pay later, like Affirm), fast payments, and cryptocurrency.
Apple has built a digital wallet app into the iPhone called Wallet. When it started in 2012, it could include digital boarding passes. Over the years, it has expanded into a number of financial services, such as contactless Apple Pay, peer-to-peer payments, the Goldman Sachs powered Apple Card, and loyalty programs.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly discussed his vision of a future without physical cash, only digital payments.
Apple has not yet announced a feature that will allow iPhone users to accept payments on a large scale, other than through the peer-to-peer service. But the company has considered the idea. Last year, Apple bought Mobeewave, a startup that built software that enabled devices with NFC chips, such as Apple’s iPhones and iPads, to become payment terminals.
Apple’s interest in cryptocurrency is less clear. After Tesla invested in Bitcoin this year, some analysts have suggested that Apple should start offering the option to buy and sell cryptocurrency.
But Apple executives poured cold water on the idea. In 2019, an Apple Pay manager said the company saw “long-term potential” in cryptocurrency technology, but is not focused on it. Later that year, Apple CEO Tim Cook shot down the idea that Apple would launch its own cryptocurrency, such as Facebook’s Diem.
An Apple representative did not return a request for comment. The vacancy was first reported by Coindesk.