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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.

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