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lAs Cupertino joins the world of mobile payments, we show you how to use Apple’s secure payment system – and why it’s safer and simpler than its rivals
et’s face it, ‘revolution’ is something of an overused word in the world of technology. Yet Apple may be the only tech firm that can legitimately claim to repeatedly justify its use when talking about its own products. Leaf through computing’s recent history and you see the telltale signs of the Apple revolution everywhere you look – iPhones, iMacs and iPads have changed the way we interact with tech forever.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Apple is at it again, this time in the form of Apple Pay, the contactless payment system that wants to keep wallets in pockets and credit cards firmly out of sight.
The beauty of Apple Pay is that it is classically ‘Apple’. Simple and elegant, it combines the tech you’ve already got (an iPhone with Touch ID) with a one-step payment process, all wrapped up in watertight security safer than traditional chip and PIN. All you need to do is place your iPhone near any NFC card terminal and rest your finger on its Touch ID sensor. The foundations are laid – in a few years we could be looking back at the dawning of yet another Apple revolution.