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.