Apple has rolled out the ability to pay for purchases from their German online Apple Store via PayPal. The feature appears to be limited to Germany at the moment, but could portend a roll out to other countries.
Apple has never been opposed to offering the option to use PayPal for some services. Users in the U.S. have long been able to setup PayPal as a payment option for their Apple ID on the desktop, allowing them to purchase iTunes content with PayPal on iTunes & the Mac App Store. It also allows its education customers to use PayPal for volume purchases of iOS apps, but the privilege didn’t extend to making purchases from the online store at Apple.com.
Apple’s help page for payments and tax information in Germany explains how users can pay for their purchase via PayPal at checkout, but the feature doesn’t appear to have gone live anywhere else as of the time of this post.
Users will be directed to login using their PayPal username and password at the time of purchase.
We’ll be sure to let you know if it looks like the PayPal payment option is being rolled out anywhere else.