The 400M credit card numbers Apple (AAPL) has on hand has already contributed to iOS' lead over...

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

The 400M credit card numbers Apple (AAPL) has on hand has already contributed to iOS' lead over Android with regards to app monetization. Now, with the release of its Passbook app, the NYT's Nick Bilton thinks they could give Apple a boost in the mobile payments space, which features intense competition between EBAY, GOOG, Square, and others. Passbook can store tickets, gift cards, boarding passes, and other items, but doesn't yet handle credit-card transactions.