An Apple ad brought to the fore the assumption that the company may soon start supporting payments in cryptocurrencies.
In particular, Apple has published an advertisement for the position of “Business Development Manager – Alternative Payments“, according to which candidates should have experience in cryptocurrency management. The right person for the position will join the department that is responsible for Apple Pay and the iPhone Wallet application.
The qualifications for the position, first identified by Coindesk, include: “At least 5 years of work experience with alternative payment providers, such as digital wallets, BNPL service (buy-now, pay later), fast payment methods, cryptocurrencies, etc. “.
The ad indicates that the company is looking for a person who is not attached to mainstream payment solutions. “We are looking for a candidate who feels comfortable with ambiguity, who likes to think about extreme situations and wonders, “How can I do this differently?””, the ad reads on the Apple website.
It seems that Apple has begun to look at the possibility of supporting payments in cryptocurrencies, long before publishing this ad. Coinbase listing in the App Store shows that Apple Wallet now supports this cryptocurrency trading platform, although it seems that its functionality has not yet been fully activated.
If Apple fully embraces cryptocurrencies, then this alternative payment market will have received the strongest support ever.
Undoubtedly, Tesla owner Elon Musk has become the biggest supporter of cryptocurrencies to date. Although his support fluctuated again last month when he announced that his carmaker would no longer accept bitcoin for the electric vehicle market, citing fears about the environmental damage caused by the mining of the world’s most popular cryptocurrency.
However, after some other public statements of Elon Musk in favour of dogecoin, it is speculated that the owner of Tesla is simply “moving” his digital chips from one cryptocurrency to another.
Apple’s support would certainly increase demand for cryptocurrencies, which is already causing problems in some parts of the world. Iran imposed a four-month ban on cryptocurrency mining this week for fear of boosting electricity consumption. Unlicensed miners in the Islamic Republic are exploiting the country’s relatively cheap electricity to operate huge cryptocurrency mining systems.