Apple Pay Launching in UK, Will Support 8 Banks for Now
Apple just announced at the WWDC that the much awaited Apple Pay is paving its way to the United Kingdom. The contactless payment system was introduced last year in USA but did not arrive in Europe.
Now that Apple Pay has made the right deals with the right credit card companies and payment providers, the service will launch in the coming month. The banks currently supporting the system include M&S Bank, Bank of Scotland, HALIFAX, Ulster Bank, NatWest, American Express, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Lloyds Bank, MBNA and TSB.
Jennifer Bailey said at the WWDC that they are launching with the most popular banks with more to join in fall.
“We will launch with eight of the most popular banks, more coming this fall.”
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners already have this hardware in their devices and they would be able to use it as soon as the service officially launches in UK. Apple Pay allows you to simply just wave or swipe your Phone over at any buying terminal.
TFL, London’s transport authority, is already on board and accepting payments through Apple Pay from American tourists. This includes their bus, tube and train services.
From next month the service will be available with lots of retailers including Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Costa Coffee and Boots.
Along with Apple Pay some other features are also jumping in. First feature launching with it is the tap-and-pay square reader. Secondly you would be able to secure your reward points in your Wallet (previously known as Passbook app). This thing can be pretty addictive as you even end up paying morning coffee via Apple Pay.