Apple to officially announce Apple Pay for the U.K. at WWDC on Monday?

Apple to officially announce Apple Pay for the U.K. at WWDC on Monday?
On Monday, WWDC 2015 kicks off at Moscone Center in San Francisco. While we expect to hear about Apple's new streaming music service, iOS 9 and perhaps the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro, a report published today says that there will be an announcement regarding Apple Pay made on Monday. Apple will reportedly reveal that its mobile payment system will be coming to the U.K. this summer.

Late last year, we told you that Apple was in talks with U.K. banks and was hoping to unleash the service in the region early in the first half of 2015. Today's report says that while an official announcement will be made at WWDC, the service won't debut until August. In the past, other players in the U.K. mobile industry have tried to gain traction for a mobile payment service in the U.K., but have failed.

With more than 40% of the smartphone market in the region, Apple has the ability to succeed where others haven't. Transport for London started accepting Apple Pay in October from American tourists traveling from London. And at least one of the major global charge cards is eager for Apple Pay to launch in the U.K. Master Card senior executive Mike Cowan says that the company is ready to support Apple Pay in the U.K.

Besides the U.K., Apple has been negotiating with banks in China, although those talks have been tough with Chinese banks upset with the tech titan for asking for .15% of the 2% that credit card companies get paid from the merchants who accept their cards. Also, Canada is expected to be one of the next countries to launch the service.

Thanks for the tip!

source: TheTelegraph

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32 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Here comes the standard.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, just like here in the US. Oops. Well, maybe if they'd copied Google Wallet even more...

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google wallet isn't a standard either. Next

16. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Either is the key word. But it is the template from which Apple Pay was copied. Next.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google bought android. Next

28. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

When Google bought android it looked nothing like it does now and did not take payments using nfc, try again

30. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hugh Grant bought a prostitute. That's a related to the discussion as your last pearl of iWisdom.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mxy! What's your ios9 wish list? Mine is multi window, keyboard refresh, freedom to move widgets to home screens, and a few others. If the 6s plus gets front and back camera bumps, tri core, 2 gigs of ram, force touch, and rose gold, I'll jump on it.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Same thing. 2 gb ram, force touch, lock screen widgets, but my main wish list is for under the hood improvements for iOS.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep more power takes it to a whole new level.

14. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Yeah, Apple definitely needs to add 2 GB of RAM to its iPhone line because the safari reloads are annoying.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed.

29. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Have you not all said it just works with 1gb why now 2gb?

17. gaming64 unregistered

Totallyy wish list. Add flash support for browsers and iOS would be on the same functionality level as Android

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Andr doesn't support flash anymore

23. gaming64 unregistered

You're an idiot

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Android stopped supporting flash a long time ago. You are just ill informed.

27. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

U need to do some research, Android does still support flash and its Adobe who stopped update new flash versions support for mobile devices. Install older flash version or fork versions still works on latest Android version.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, flash stopped supporting Android, not the other way around. But it still works if you install the latest version. I've educated you so much this week I should get tenure.

26. Iodine

Posts: 1497; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I have only one wish regarding iOS 9 and that's battery life ! Make even better use of those ultra-efficient SOC's in there ! That would be really amazing.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's a good wish for the whole industry. Stop obsessing over making a phone that's so thin you can shave with it, and give us more battery. When battery tech advances, then slim the phones down more if you feel the need. Personally, I think most phones are too thin to hold comfortably now, but that's just me.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can't wait for WWDC, hoping for some goodies. Apple needs to make ios9 smoother, and far less buggy than 8. We've all seen the YouTube vids, and message boards...also some cool new features (copied or not for the trolls). Multi window is one I hope they copy, and tweak it a little. Bring us some cool stuff Apple.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hope you get your wish. Copying is fine so long as it isn't coupled with hypocrisy.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

20. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Yeah, Michael Fisher is a great reviewer

8. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Can't wait to see what Apple adds/changes in iOS 9.

9. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Am i the only one still hoping for the 6th gen iPod touch?

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, it's an excellent alternative to an iPhone.

18. gaming64 unregistered

The whole world hopes so. Not only is it cheap but it can give you all iOs features besides cellular

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