Pakistan’s name is frequently in the headlines these days but it is refreshing to see a Pakistanis name being associated with the latest technological development from one of the largest technological giants in the world. The company I am talking about is Apple and the man in question is Ahmer Ali Khan who is one of the seven people behind the newly launched Apple Pay service.
Apple Pay is a service which will allow Apple Iphone 6 users to shop in over 220,000 stores in the Unites States and make payments simply with their phones through a contactless reader without any need of a credit or debit card. This method not only is easy to use it is also very secure as your credit card details are never revealed to the merchant or even Apple.
Ahmer Ali Khan is one of the geniuses behind this revolutionary service. He is a graduate of GIKI Pakistan and belongs to Rawalpindi. He moved to Silicon Valley at the age of 38 in 2000 and became part of a startup. His brilliance is revealed form the fact that he didn’t know Java and was asked about it on an interview. Ahmer Ali Khan bought a book, went home and learned the Java language in a single night.
He was chosen to work on Apple’s project in 2011 after previously working for ViVotech, a company which used to specialize in NFC. He is known among friends as ‘The Programmer’ and lives in Milpitas California with his wife and two children.