Starbucks said last week during a conference call with analysts to discuss its third quarter financial results that it is in active conversations with technology and financial services companies to help the coffee house chain bring its app payment system to other retailers. Also last week, reports suggested that Apple is talking about mobile payments with Visa and other credit card companies, suggesting that the company’s long-rumored play here could be imminent. “Apple has a much more significant role to play than Starbucks,” said Drew Sievers, former CEO at mFoundry and now founding partner at fintech investor Operative Capital. “There is no comparison. “Apple controls hundreds of millions of cards and devices that can be linked to those cards,” he said. “They are perfectly positioned to be a key player in the space. Get the full story at Mobile Commerce Daily