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Apple Pay Officially Launches in the United Kingdom Today

Over the past several days, banks and merchants in the United Kingdom have been gearing up for the launch of Apple Pay, and as of today, Apple's payments service will be officially available for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Apple Pay works at participating retail stores and within apps that accept it. Because it requires NFC, it is only available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, and Apple Watch users who have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. In-app Apple Pay purchases can be made with an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus.

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According to Apple's UK Apple Pay site, banks and credit card companies that are participating in the Apple Pay launch include American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and Ulster Bank. Additional banks like Barclays, MBNA, TSB, and more are expected to add support in the future. Customers who have cards from participating banks will be able to add them to Passbook and use the Apple Pay service later today.

More than 250,000 locations in the United Kingdom support Apple Pay as of today, ranging from fast food places like KFC and McDonald's to shops like Boots, Marks & Spencer, and Waitrose. A full list of retail shops and apps that accept Apple Pay can be found on Apple's website.

Apple Pay has been available in the United States since last October and today's UK Apple Pay launch marks its first expansion. Apple is also rumored to be working on expanding the payments service to several other countries, including China and Canada.

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18 months ago

gotta laugh if the buying experience goes a little like ...



how many times will you need to use apple pay to buy stuff?

Will the UK really **** this up and set a new world standard of incompetentemce by ruining a truly great payment experience?

is this how an apple pay shopping experience will go?

Goods are £200 sir

Please hold Touch ID, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, eh and again sir, again, one more time, no sorry again, yes another...thank you sir here is your shopping have a nice day.


You misunderstand. The current NFC limit is £20. In September the limit will be £30.

With Apple Pay it will be unlimited (due to the higher security since it's not just contactless with no authentication, but the terminal in the store needs an update to be able to do this. Until the update is done, those terminals will only accept up to the base limit (£20 now, £30 in September) for any NFC transaction.

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Rating: 14 Votes
18 months ago
welcome to apple pay, gentlemen
Rating: 14 Votes
18 months ago
Hopefully MacBooks will have support for TouchID and NFC so we can use them to Apple Pay. I can easily imagine a scenario where I'm out, forgot my wallet, and my phone is back on the desk, watch fully discharged but I have my 15" MacBook Pro in the bag. It would be super convenient if I could pull out the laptop and pay for my burger and fries.
Rating: 13 Votes
18 months ago
Won't be in Australia till iPhone 9 most likely. Cause we are a 3rd world country an all. Excuse me now while i ride my kangaroo to work.
Rating: 12 Votes
18 months ago
Now that HSBC supports Apple Pay, you can launder money easier than ever.
Rating: 9 Votes
18 months ago
Glad to hear that. But please Apple, release Apple Pay in Canada eventually.
Rating: 9 Votes
18 months ago

Seriously??


Really, who says fries? We all know it's chips!
Rating: 9 Votes
18 months ago

gotta laugh if the buying experience goes a little like ...



how many times will you need to use apple pay to buy stuff?

Will the UK really **** this up and set a new world standard of incompetentemce by ruining a truly great payment experience?

is this how an apple pay shopping experience will go?

Goods are £200 sir

Please hold Touch ID, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, eh and again sir, again, one more time, no sorry again, yes another...thank you sir here is your shopping have a nice day.


We've got a whole country using contactless debit cards and who already know there is a £20 limit, I imagine they will treat Apple Pay the same way.
Also these terminals are pretty ubiquitous now so I think Apple Pay usage (per head) in the U.K. will overtake the US pretty quick
Rating: 8 Votes
18 months ago
I wonder of Taylor Swift has an HSBC account? That might be HSBC customer's only hope...
Rating: 8 Votes
18 months ago

Anyone managed to get their card on their Apple Watch?


Yes.

It's a bit cumbersome and flaps around a bit. I’ll see if sellotape is strong enough to keep it on.
Rating: 6 Votes

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