At WWDC 2015 keynote, Apple briefly reiterated on Apple Pay’s success in the United States, mentioning upcoming support for discovering credit cards and new expansive partners coming soon. Apple Pay is one feature that gained one or two additions that are sure to make plenty of people happy, though, the Cupertino-based company has announced that Apple Pay will be coming to the United Kingdom, with 250,000 UK merchants launching support of the service in July – assuming they are with the right bank.
Apple Pay, Apple’s payment system that uses iPhones and Apple Watches as a replacement for the plastic cards. With new additions coming following the WWDC announcement today, things can only get better for Apple Pay and its users. Those 250,000 confirmed supporters of the mobile wallet in the UK exceed even the United States’ 200,000 when Apple Pay launched in the states last year.
Apple Pay Is Coming To UK
Apple also confirmed that Uinted Kingdom users will be able to commute and pay for fares on London’s Underground with Apple Pay, and that when the service launches in the UK next month, it will evidently support eight of the “most established banks” in the country. Apple shared a list of launch partners that included the likes of HSBC and Santander, with others joining soon. Unfortunately, the massive bank that is Barclays is nowhere to be seen which will come as a shock and disappointment to its iPhone-wielding customers.
“Apple Pay has quickly become a big part of millions of users’ everyday shopping routines, providing a simpler, faster and more secure way to pay,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants and many of our users’ favorite apps.”
In addition to expand United Kingdom support, the company has confirmed that store credit and debit cars would be arriving in iOS 9. With store cards offering unique membership benefits. Kohl’s and JCPenny’s are amongst the first supporters of the membership service and with the company promising that loyalty and rewards cards are also coming soon as well. For those who travel a lot will also be pleased to learn that you can use Apple Pay in public transports too.
Apple Pay Now Supports Discover
New Additions To Apple Pay’s Supported Merchants
Bringing Apple Pay to Discover’s 50 million card members, Apple’s latest addition to its roster of supprted cards is a huge one. Trader Joe’s and Baskin Robbins amongst the new merchants to accept Apple Pay, and the stats of places people can use their iPhones and Apple Watches to pay for things is obviously growing.
Square Is Launching An Apple Pay Reader
Square, the company founded by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, is launching a “gorgeous new reader” according to Apple, bringing Apple Pay support to the little guy in retail and services.
Specifically, companies like Coca-Cola, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Panera Bread will be among the first to bring a rewards program to users with Apple Pay, which is great news for anyone who likes that sort of thing.
Apple ended its Apple Pay briefing by confirming Passbook would be renamed to ‘Wallet,’ a one-stop-shop for all of a user’s credit and debit cards, loyalty cards, boarding passes, and more. So all your credit, debit and reward cards are now stored in the revamped Wallet app for iOS 9.
Apple Pay Comes To Pinterest
The arrival of Apple Pay in the UK is no doubt the biggest news here though. You’ll be able to utilize Apple Pay in Pinterest “to purchase items from hundreds of stores” right from within the app.