Usually rivalry in the tech world is so strong that companies and their spokespeople wouldn't be caught dead saying nice things about something a competitor is up to. Bill Gates clearly doesn't follow that logic anymore, because he went on record to say how great he thinks Apple Pay is.
Gates was asked about the system in an interview with Bloomberg earlier this week, saying:
"Apple Pay is a great example of how a [mobile] phone that identifies its user in a pretty strong way lets you make a transaction that should be very, very inexpensive. So the fact that in any application I can buy something, that's fantastic.The fact I don't need a physical card anymore, I just do that transaction and you're going to be quite sure about who it is on the other end, that is a real contribution."
He did clarify that he's not just talking about Apple's system, and that any mobile payment features that utilise NFC have all played their part in getting the systems going. But he did point out that having Apple join the fray is going to help the technology expand more than it has done already. The fact that so many people buy iPhones means that simply including some tech on an iPhone is enough to get the ball rolling.
It is nice to see that the founder of one of Apple's biggest rivals is so willing to sing their praises when he thinks it's necessary. Sure as hell beats the relentless wave of product-mocking and lawsuits. [Bloomberg via CNET]