PayPal has been one of the better options as far as mobile payment systems for a while now; and, a new report is saying that PayPal has been inquiring with Apple about a partnership. The interesting part of it all is that PayPal has apparently been suggesting that it could handle the background systems, even if it doesn't get any credit for the work. It just wants a piece of the action. Sources say that PayPal has offered to work on a number of features including fraud detection, backend infrastructure, and payment processing, while leaving the branding of the whole system to Apple.
Of course, those same sources say that it is fairly unlikely that Apple would agree to work with PayPal, as Apple tends to prefer working solo whenever possible. But, the report definitely proves that Apple has something interesting in the works. Even with the reasonable assumption that the payment system would be iOS only, and considering that the U.S. and Japan are the only regions where the iPhone has a relatively large market share, there is obviously a lot of value in what Apple is planning.