This week, banks and merchants across the UK have been getting ready for the launch of Apple Pay, and later today the mobile payment service will be available for use in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Apple Pay works at participating stores and in apps that accept it. It required NFC, and is therefore only available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, and also Apple Watch users who have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus. In-app purchases using Apple Pay cab be made using an iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iPhone 6 or iPhone 5 Plus.
Apple Pay launches in UK
Apple’s UK Apple Pay site says that banks and credit card companies in the launch include American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and Ulster Bank. However, other banks not yet taking part such as Barclays, MBNA, TSB and more are expected to add support in the future.
Anyone with cards from those banks can add them to Passbook and use the Apple Pay service later today. More than 250,000 locations in the UK currently support Apple Pay on the launch day, including fast food restaurants like McDonalds and KFC, as well as shops like Boots, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose. The full list of shops and apps that accept Apple Pay can be found on the company’s website.
Apple Pay has been available in the US since October last year, and the launch of Apple Pay in the UK is the first expansion. The company is also said to be soon expanding the service to other countries including China and Canada. There is no word yet however when it will be available in Thailand…