Ap­ple Pay

Mac Format - - WWDC 2015 -

In iOS 9, Pass­book be­comes Wal­let, a sin­gle place to house debit/credit cards, loy­alty cards, board­ing passes and more. Ap­ple Pay con­tin­ues to ex­pand in the USA, and can be used at over a mil­lion lo­ca­tions. The big news is that in July, Ap­ple Pay will ar­rive in the UK, at 250,000 lo­ca­tions (more than the USA ini­tially had), and will be sup­ported by Ul­ster Bank, NatWest, Amer­i­can Ex­press, San­tander, RBS, Na­tion­wide, HSBC and first di­rect. They’ll be joined in the au­tumn by M&S, Bank of Scot­land, Hal­i­fax, MBNA and Lloyds. These banks ac­count for 70% of UK credit and debit cards. Bar­clays was no­tably ab­sent, and took to Twit­ter to say it had been talk­ing to Ap­ple about how its cus­tomers “could use Ap­ple Pay in ad­di­tion to our ex­ist­ing mo­bile and pay­ment ser­vices, and that these talks re­main con­struc­tive”.

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