Apple Pay to launch in the U.K. early in the first half of next year

Apple Pay to launch in the U.K. early in the first half of next year
Apple's mobile payment system could be on the move to the U.K. for a launch in the first half of next year. The tech titan is said to be in talks with U.K. financial companies, although at least one of the banks has been balking over the terms of a potential deal discussed by Apple. This unnamed bank is apparently not happy with the amount of information about its customers that Apple wants to collect.

While some financial institutions fear Apple's encroachment on their turf, they also understand that Apple Pay is off to a great start in the U.S. In the states, Apple Pay accounted for 1% of mobile payments in November, the first full month that the service has been available. But that might not be telling the whole story. Despite its limitations at the moment, being available only on Apple's two newest handsets, Apple Pay accounted for 50% of all mobile payments done at McDonald's last month.

With Apple Pay, an Apple iPhone 6 or Apple iPhone 6 Plus user can pay for a transaction by selecting the card he wants to use, and then positioning his handset within an inch of the POS terminal, while placing his finger on the Touch ID button (without pressing it). The fingerprint scanner will confirm the user's identity.

Apple plans on expanding Apple Pay throughout the globe. A recent job posting made by the tech titan listed an opening for the mobile service that called it "a new and exciting area in Apple that is set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa."

source: TheTelegraph via BGR

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13 Comments

1. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

If this is not Inovation then I don't know what is... Apple pay will make people's lives much easier..

2. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Do you even know the meaning of "INNOVATION"????

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No, he doesn't, he is a hardcore Apple fan. Innovation to him means only what Apple does regardless of if it has been done already 30 times over.

3. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

True Innovation changes the world or a specific market (like the 1st iphone), this just changed how you pay money exclusively for iphone users in US and now Uk.(& I am pretty sure most of them wouldn't even use it.)

4. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Guys, why so much negativity?

10. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Google wallet was first.

11. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Actually, it is making their lives more difficult. Of the few places that actually support it, virtually no employees (or users) know how to use it. So they hold up the line, inconveniencing the people who want to pay with cash/card like a normal human being and cause the employees unneccessary aggravation. F*ck apple pay.

5. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

It might not be something new but at least Apple is doing it right. Google wallet is a huge let down, not anyone can use tap and pay.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Only for the uninformed in the states. Anyone who uses wallet/touch pay has been using it just fine for almost 3 years. Also, it has been in Canada and east asia for at least 3-4 years and has been working great.

6. mrochester

Posts: 978; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Looking forward to this! My iPhone 6 is at the ready.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple pay has gotten me to where I don't even carry cash anymore, other than maybe $5. I love using it, works perfect each and every time.

13. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

There are these great new things called "credit" and "debit" cards that work even better, are accepted everywhere, more secure, and not dependent on an electronic host device to function. I love using them, works perfect each and every time.

12. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Good. I hope this pushes Google and other companies to launch their mobile payment services in the UK. Been waiting to try out NFC payment for a while now.

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