Pay day

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

Thank you for the in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive ar­ti­cle in re­gards to Ap­ple Pay in the Au­tumn is­sue of MacFor­mat mag­a­zine. Since the ser­vice launched in July of this year I’ve throughly en­joyed us­ing my

iPhone (and lat­terly my Ap­ple Watch) for con­tact­less pay­ments. I even used Ap­ple Pay at the Ap­ple Store on Re­gent Street to pay for my Ap­ple Watch; it was scar­ily con­ve­nient us­ing my fin­ger print to pay for a high value piece of elec­tri­cal equip­ment! I can understand cer­tain quar­ters are con­cerned about the gen­eral se­cu­rity of con­tact­less pay­ments but know­ing my trans­ac­tion is much more se­cure us­ing bio­met­rics quashes such fears (com­pared to a phys­i­cal card). Now Ap­ple have in­te­grated a faster Touch ID home but­ton into iPhone 6s (cou­pled with the dou­ble click to ac­cess Wal­let fea­ture) means jour­neys on the Lon­don Un­der­ground will be much faster at the gates (and also in bricks and mor­tar stores). I look for­ward to see­ing how Ap­ple will im­prove and add to Ap­ple Pay in the months and years to come. Neil Shel­drake

Chris­tian Hall says… Ap­ple Pay is fan­tas­tic and it’s been well re­ceived. if you use Maps in OS X El Cap­i­tan or iOS 9 you see many ex­am­ples of where Ap­ple Pay is ac­cepted (just press the ‘i’ icon and look un­der where the ad­dress and hours are listed). The frus­trat­ing el­e­ment for some iPhone and Ap­ple Watch own­ers at the mo­ment is the slow roll­out for some ma­jor banks such as Bar­clays. The com­pany has now said that it will sup­port Ap­ple Pay in 2016. The im­prove­ments in Touch ID were really no­tice­able when we re­viewed the new iOS de­vices and Ap­ple seems really com­mit­ted to Ap­ple Pay and making it eas­ier then ever, and more se­cure, to pay in an in­creas­ingly cash­less world. We share your ex­cit­ment of Ap­ple Pay and we’ll look back at bank cards in a few short years and say: “Re­mem­ber those an­noy­ing plas­tic cards you had to carry around every­where?”

Ap­ple Pay is (nearly) avail­able to iPhone users, we’re just wait­ing on the last of those banks to sort out their sup­port in the UK.

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