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An Israel-based cryptocurrency exchange, Coinmama, has become the first crypto exchange to be authorised to integrate with ApplePay, according to an announcement shared with local news website Finance Magnates.

Other crypto exchanges have integrated ApplePay before, since its application programming interface (API) is open to every developer. Coinmama is, however, the first crypto exchange to receive official permission from Apple.

 In a statement shared with Finance Magnate, Coinmama’s CEO, Sagi Bashi said that:

 “According to [the ApplePay] team, we are the first crypto company who actually gets their blessing with the integration”

The announcement comes just days after Coinbase CEO, Brian Armstrong, accused Apple of stifling innovation in crypto. Armstrong stated that Apple has told them that Coinbase cannot add the ability to earn money using cryptocurrency and  the ability to access decentralised finance apps (DeFi apps or Dapps).

Global Crypto has reached out to Apple and Coinmama for confirmation.

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Andrew is a law student currently studying at UNISA, and Global Crypto's in-house reporter. Andrew discovered blockchain in his final year of school and since developed a keen interest in the subject. He appreciates a good cup of coffee. When he is not too busy with work or studies, he enjoys playing a good round of golf.