"The whole business world knew, in advance, that Apple Pay would be the fastest-growing and most quickly adopted mobile payment solution in the oddly long and wonky history of mobile payments. Apple strode into a fragmented, fiercely territorial and competitive field and managed to unite everyone, primarily on the strength of the iPhone’s unique history of creating industries and revenue sources where there once were none."
- The Verge
The US mobile payment market wasn't very fragmented or competitive. There were two main forces at work and one had 3/4 US wireless carriers playing dirty to block the other. There was no competition, just cheating.
The only unification that ever happened the US mobile payment market was executed by Google when they bought softcard (formerly ISIS mobile wallet).
The Verge should undoubtedly be considered a "National Enquirer" level tabloid by everyone at this point.
I wouldn't be surprised to see regular "Steve Jobs spotted!" stories appear on their front page.