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Apple Pay Badges Appear in Some Maps Listings in Australia, Canada, Singapore and Europe

Apple Pay badges have been added to Apple Maps listings for select Coles and Woolworths supermarket locations in Australia, as spotted by multiple users on discussion forum AppleTalk Australia. The badges are normally reserved for locations that accept Apple Pay, which is noteworthy given the mobile payments service has yet to officially launch in Australia.

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Apple Pay badges added to some Apple Maps listings in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney

The badges appear in Apple Maps for select Coles and Woolworths store listings in or near large Australian cities such as Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Many other Coles and Woolworths listings do not have the badge, nor do large Australian chains such as McDonald's, so it remains unclear if they were added by mistake, or are indicative of forthcoming Apple Pay support in Australia.

Apple Pay launched in the U.S. in October 2014 before arriving in the U.K. last July, but Apple has remained quiet about its plans to expand iPhone-based contactless payments to additional countries. In August, Fairfax Media reported that Australian banks oppose Apple sharing a portion of the $2 billion interchange fees they collect from merchants each year in return for use of payment infrastructure.

Australia is a well-prepared candidate for Apple Pay, as contactless payments technology has been widely adopted throughout the country over the past few years. Several retailers that support Apple Pay in the U.S. and U.K. also operate in Australia, including Aéropostale, Apple, Babies "R" Us, Champs Sports, Foot Locker, GameStop, McDonald's, Nike, OfficeMax and Subway.

Beyond Australia, The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Apple is planning a November launch of Apple Pay in Canada, which was likely prematurely leaked by TD Canada Trust last week. Apple has reportedly been in talks with Canada's six largest banks, including the Bank of Montreal, CIBC, National Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank and TD Canada Trust.

Update: Apple Pay badges have also been spotted on some Apple Maps listings in Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Poland and Singapore.

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Tags: Australia, Coles, Woolworths


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8 months ago
Whole Foods in Ontario Canada shows it too.

Rating: 12 Votes
8 months ago
Im more in shock that australia still have woolworths.
Rating: 12 Votes
8 months ago
If Canada doesnt launch at the same time.....:mad:
Rating: 9 Votes
8 months ago
I don't get it guys. I was back in Australia last Christmas and my iPhone 6 with Apple Pay worked everywhere. Coles, Woolies, Aldi, petrol stations, restaurants, bars. The only two places it didn't work was Telstra and Dick Smith. The only reason that Aussies can't use Apple Pay is because no Aussie banks support it. I was visiting from the US and both of my US credit cards with are linked to my Apple Pay worked fine. Australia had legislation to update payment terminals years ago and they seem to support Apple Pay by default. It was an amazing experience to have support everywhere rather than here in the US where it's the retailers that suck rather than the banks.
Rating: 8 Votes
8 months ago
We've had tap and pay for years... nothing new in that way :P but will be awesome to use my iPhone 6 :)
Rating: 7 Votes
8 months ago

I am sorry that others outside North America getting things before all of North America does angers you. There is a world outside North America even if you can not see this.


Ummm - don't want to turn this into a flame, but I think that Crzyrio was just expressing impatience about getting Apple Pay in Canada in a timely manner... nothing to do with Australia getting it. More power to the Aussies if you do get it soon. That being said, it would be nice if you could ratchet down the attitude a notch or two.
Rating: 6 Votes
8 months ago

If Canada doesnt launch at the same time.....:mad:


I will go to my regular BMO location and punch one of the managers in the face! :mad:( he told me Apple Pay was coming soon)
Rating: 5 Votes
8 months ago
I've been really excited for this to happen, haven't done a transaction without paypass (tapping card) in years now, except for at the Apple Store ironically.
Rating: 5 Votes
8 months ago
I spent a week in Sydney recently and was able to use apple pay almost everywhere. They're probably more ready for it than the US will ever be.
Rating: 4 Votes
8 months ago

I don't get it guys. I was back in Australia last Christmas and my iPhone 6 with Apple Pay worked everywhere. Coles, Woolies, Aldi, petrol stations, restaurants, bars. The only two places it didn't work was Telstra and Dick Smith. The only reason that Aussies can't use Apple Pay is because no Aussie banks support it. I was visiting from the US and both of my US credit cards with are linked to my Apple Pay worked fine. Australia had legislation to update payment terminals years ago and they seem to support Apple Pay by default. It was an amazing experience to have support everywhere rather than here in the US where it's the retailers that suck rather than the banks.


Well thats it. We have had all the hardware here for years to support Apple Pay. Apple did not invent any of the core tech, it's been around for years. All they did was take existing technology and deploy a token based framework on top (increased security and anonymity). That's why you were able to use your cards here on our hardware. It's because you have a US bank account.

The Australian banks don't support Apple Pay because they don't need to. Why give Apple a cut when Aussie banks have already implemented Tap and Pay themselves?

Apple could implement tap and pay immediately if they allowed dev's to access the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 onwards. However Apple being Apple won't allow dev's access to the NFC chips. This aids in Apple trying to enforce Apple Pay worldwide (as they will make a cut from all transactions).

On Android devices with NFC, a few of the Australian Banks have created banking apps that use the phones inbuilt NFC chip to do payments.

What i assume will happen is that Apple will be forced to negotiate for a very very small cut in transaction fees with the Aussie banks. And when they do, it will be released.
Rating: 4 Votes

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