Apple Pay Coming to the United Kingdom Next Month, Discover Card Support Arriving This Fall

Today Apple briefly reiterated on Apple Pay's success in the United States, mentioning upcoming support for Discover credit cards and new expansive partners coming soon. The company also announced that Apple Pay will be coming to the United Kingdom, with 250,000 UK merchants launching support of the service in July.

Those 250,000 confirmed supporters of the mobile wallet in the UK exceed even the United States' 200,000 when Apple Pay launched in the states last year. Apple also confirmed that UK users will be able to commute and pay for fares on London's Underground with Apple Pay, and that when the service launches in the UK next month, it will support eight of the "most established banks" in the country.

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"Apple Pay has quickly become a big part of millions of users’ everyday shopping routines, providing a simpler, faster and more secure way to pay,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants and many of our users’ favorite apps.”
In addition to expanded United Kingdom support, the company confirmed that store credit and debit cards would be arriving in iOS 9, with store cards offering unique membership benefits. Kohl's and JCPenney are amongst the first supporters of the membership service, with the company promising that loyalty and rewards cards are coming soon too.

Specifically, companies like Coca-Cola, Dunkin' Donuts, and Panera Bread will be among the first to bring a rewards program to users with Apple Pay. Apple ended its Apple Pay briefing by confirming Passbook would be renamed to 'Wallet,' a one-stop-shop for all of a user's credit and debit cards, loyalty cards, boarding passes, and more.

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17 months ago
No sign of Barclays anytime this year :( new bank time :)
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17 months ago
It's insane how Apple continues to leave Canada out of its products. Canada has one of the highest mobile usages in the world for the population size.
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17 months ago
Disappointed that Canada wasn't mentioned at all :/
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17 months ago
Nationwide saying on Twitter that Apple doesn't have a limit..
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17 months ago
This is great! Wanted Apple Pay since its introduction.
Rating: 4 Votes
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17 months ago
Was really hoping to hear about Canada with my upgrade coming up this fall after the 6s launch.

Feels like Canada is getting left out more and more lately. We're already paying more for the devices and now we're getting fewer features to go along with them.
Rating: 4 Votes
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17 months ago

Has this actually been confirmed?

Clue 1: I actually met with Apple pre launch (I used to work for one of the launch partners)
Clue 2: If there is a £20 limit, it would be pretty useless when you flashing your iPhone in Liberty (I don't work there)
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17 months ago
Given the BBC's poor history of inaccurate tech reporting and general pessimism about news in general, I think I will wait until the facts emerge in July.
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17 months ago

I just remembered a rumour on this website about a month ago that one major UK bank was holding up the launch, well I think we now know this was Barclays all along. Well done barclays, you delayed the launch for everyone else and don't even support it when it does get launched. Who banks with barclays anyway after the libor scandal and being rated as having the worst customer service of any bank in the UK?


It's not like their current account is particularly competitive which might be a reason.
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17 months ago
Really not happy about the lack of Barclays Apple Pay support - if no announcements are made by Barclays by July - I will be switching banks.

Once an innovator in the banking world!
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