On Monday, Sionic Mobile — in conjunction with the opening day of the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference — announced that ION Rewards for Apple Watch is now available for download in the App Store.
“For each mobile checkout, users instantly earn IONs that spend like cash and can be used at more than 100,000 merchant locations nationwide, including big-brand retailers and a fast-growing number of small business merchants,” a provided statement reads.
Sionic Mobile’s ION Rewards for Apple Watch leverages the company’s “proprietary, three-digit checkout process” resulting in what we are told is faster, easier and more secure mobile payments.
Through iBeacons, users are digitally greeted and invited to check-in on their Apple Watch at ION Rewards small business merchants. When it is time to pay, users tap PAY on their Apple Watch then show the code to the cashier.
Ronald Herman, CEO of Sionic Mobile, is understandably enthused about the offering.
“We’re continuing the one-tap precedent set by Apple Pay now available in many large retailers,” Herman said Monday. “Unlike Apple Pay, however, smaller merchants process ION mobile payments and rewards using their smartphone or tablet, so there is no new equipment to buy or manage. And in late July, we will begin providing complimentary iBeacons to all of our small business merchants, making mobile checkouts even faster.”