Apple reportedly looks at mobile payments

| Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, 6:39 p.m.

Apple Inc., which has more than 400 million credit cards on file with its iTunes Store, is exploring an expansion of the mobile-payments system, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

The initiative is being led by Eddy Cue, chief of the iTunes and App Store and online services, and he has tapped executive Jennifer Bailey for the effort, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn't public. The timing of the payments effort isn't clear, said the person.

Amy Bessette, a spokeswoman for Apple, didn't immediately return a call for comment. The plans were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The move would expand Apple's reach into a competitive online payments field and potentially give it another revenue source as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook looks to reignite growth.

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