Jun 7, 2022

Apple announces buy now, pay later, among iOS 16 plans

It forms part of a range of new iPhone features, including the ability to edit iMessages and a feature intended to help people in abusive relationships. Concerns have been raised over whether people are relying on it too much, after Citizens Advice found in March that one in 12 people are using BNPL services to cover essentials such as food and toiletries. Citizens Advice also said young people, people in debt, and people claiming Universal Credit, were at least twice as likely to have used BNPL for these basic costs than other groups. The BBC has approached Apple for comment on whether it intends to bring its BNPL service to the UK.The new version of iOS 16, due to be released in the Autumn, will bring a range of additional features to the iPhone. Apple has been praised online for this feature, with one person saying it is "Going to help so many people", and the director of Cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation calling it a "Good thing for survivors of intimate partner abuse".

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