Apple Pay launches in the U.K.

Apple Pay launches in the U.K.
Now that it is Tuesday morning in the U.K.(with the time difference, of course), Apple Pay is officially launching in the region. The mobile payment system will initially count eight U.K. banks as partners including American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. Retailers like Boots, Waitrose, Pret and Transport for London are among the first participating retailers in the area. Credit cards participating in Apple Pay U.K. include Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Currently, limitations with software prevent Apple Pay from being used on purchases over $31 USD. In September, merchants will update their POS software allowing the cap to be raised to $46 USD. These point of sale systems will be updating all day today as individual stores start connecting to the system.

Apple Pay can be used with the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch. Using the card's security code, add the credit or debit card you use for iTunes into Passbook. After that is accomplished, other cards can be stored by snapping a picture of the card using your iPhone's rear-facing camera. Or, you can enter the information manually. To use Apple Pay with your iPhone, select the card you want to use, then hold the device near the reader with your finger on Touch ID.

While Apple Pay is just starting in the region, other banks such as Halifax, Lloyds, and the Bank of Scotland will be added this fall. And now that the service is available in the U.K., we expect it to roll out to Canada, China and other markets in the future.


source: Apple via AppleInsider

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9 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Google needs to expand Google Wallet outside the US (or Google/Android Pay) Its been ~4 Years and now Apple has leapfogged Google

6. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

In the UK all cards have got nfc and chip and pin so Apple pay is doa out of the box with a £20 or £30 limit, you have to have nfc bank to add the card to Apple,pay to stat with, it is faster to use nfc on the card And if I needed to do my big shop Apple pay will not work, So only any good if all my cards are at home and I got my phone on me, oh dear

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Still prefer cards that gives me better rewards.

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Apple really needs to stop and realize that forcing people to upgrade to get apple pay, when the card machines already support a whole lot of other stuff, just doesn't make sense. They need to switch to be smart, support normal nfc and magnetic cards as well, yes I know Samsung is already doing it and Apple might not because of that, but it is insane that the function isn't backwards compatible.

7. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung owns the tech, so Apple out of luck

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hmm dunno if it is owned, I mean there are a lot of things that are 'owned' by companies, but rivals manage to make the exact same feature anyway? calling something else or creating it just 'slightly' different?

4. waddup121 unregistered

Apple paaaaaay

5. Simona unregistered

Guys when google pay will arrive in UK? via wallet ?? why they NOT doin anything bout it ?

8. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Why just use the nfc on your card, I.e. It's just not needed in the UK, Apple are just after there cut of the cash, why Google does not charge

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