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Apple Wallet

An iPhone app from Apple that debuted with iOS 6. Originally called "Passbook," Wallet holds boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons and customer loyalty cards. Data can be automatically displayed on the user's lock screen when entering a related venue. In 2015, Wallet added support for Apple Pay, along with major credit cards and retail store cards from JC Penney, Kohl's and BJ's Wholesale Club. Wallet interacts with merchant terminals via barcodes and, starting with the iPhone 6, via NFC. See smartphone wallet, digital wallet, NFC, iPhone 6 and iOS versions.

digital wallet

(1) A smartphone app for making financial transactions in a retail store. See smartphone wallet, Bitcoin wallet and mobile payment service.

(2) A desktop app for making credit card purchases online. It eliminates entering shipping, billing and credit card data when a purchase is made at a website. The data either reside in the cloud or are encrypted in the user's computer, and the wallet's digital certificate identifies the cardholder. A digital wallet may also store insurance and loyalty cards, drivers' licenses, ID cards and site passwords. Some wallet apps let users enter additional data.

Merchant Wallets
In order to make ordering painless, large e-commerce sites such as Amazon.com have for years provided their own digital wallets by storing their customers' credit card data on their own servers.

The Wallet Renaissance
In the early days of the Web, people were skeptical about entering credit card data, and the electronic wallet was conceived to promote a secure e-commerce environment. Although millions submit their card data online without a wallet today, mobile payments may cause nearly everyone to have a digital wallet in the future (see smartphone wallet). See mobile payment service, Web payment service, eWallet, identity metasystem, information card, digital coins and Bitcoin wallet.

Automatic Fill-in-the-Forms
This earlier digital wallet saved the user's name, address and credit card data. When placing an order online, it filled in the forms. (Image courtesy of EntryPoint, Inc.)

An eWallet Card
Available for many years on all popular platforms, Ilium Software's eWallet stores all pertinent information for each credit card entered by the user. See eWallet. (Image courtesy of Ilium Software, Inc., www.iliumsoft.com)

Google Wallet

A smartphone app from Google that enables users to pay for merchandise at retail outlets with their mobile phones. Launched in 2011 with support for MasterCard's PayPass system, Visa and Discover were added a year later. Google Wallet also supports loyalty and gift cards as well as payments between individuals via Gmail (see p2p payments).

Near Field Communication Was a Prerequisite
Requiring an NFC-equipped Android phone to make a payment by placing it near a terminal, that prerequisite was dropped in 2013 when Google Wallet became available for non-NFC iPhones (Apple later added NFC). See smartphone wallet and NFC.

Google Wallet and Android Pay
In 2015, Google introduced the Android Pay mobile payment system built into Version 6 of the Android OS (Android M). In 2018, Google Wallet and Android Pay merged (see Google Pay).
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What does it mean when you dream about a wallet?

Like all other dream symbols, the dream setting provides clues for interpreting this symbol. A wallet may indicate financial resources or self-identification (e.g., an I.D. kept in a wallet).

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They're likely better at matching a price with the buyer's billfold.
Haynes tracked her down and returned the billfold. Lynn Dell McKinney, owner of the wallet, wrote in a letter to the Knoxville News Sentinel that it is "honest and caring people like Haynes who help restore our faith in our fellow citizens and neighbors."
"I don't have any offshore account unless I accidentally went swimming with my billfold," he joked.
Secure laptops and smart phones as carefully as your billfold. Never check your laptop as luggage.
Now one of the blokes pulls out his billfold and hands his friend $50 and says that is me paying back the cash I borrowed from you last week.
A siren calling for your devotion and the contents of your billfold.
My fingers are on his lips and with his free hand he slips the card into the billfold. She plucks it up and turns on her heel; again he does not look.
Lacy tried to locate the wallet's owner via the credit cards in the billfold, but was unsuccessful, so ended up taking it to the Sheriff's station.
A second variety consists of all of the other $10 bills in my billfold, ones that I did not so much as touch in this transaction.
A recent Steak-n-Shake commercial made fun of a man because he used the word pocketbook instead of billfold. "Do you have a purse?
A high percentage of those in this second group have never been introduced to quality leather, except perhaps in selecting a billfold. If you enthusiastically "sell by the senses," you can secure their sales now, and keep them coming back for more.
The gun on your belt should be as normal to you as the billfold or keys in your pocket and the only way to achieve that level, of comfort is to make carry your regular routine--a habit.