Monday August 29, 2016 7:47 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Australian bank ANZ will enable Apple Pay support for MasterCard cardholders starting August 30, four months after adding support for Visa and American Express cards, according to The Australian Business Review.From today, about 500,000 more ANZ customers will have the opportunity to use Apple Pay, as MasterCard is added alongside Visa and American Express.Eligible cards, including the ANZ Low Rate MasterCard and ANZ Low Rate Platinum MasterCard, can be added to Apple Pay by tapping the "Add Credit or Debit Card" option in the Wallet app on iPhone 5 and later running iOS 8.1 or newer. MasterCard support has been listed as "coming soon" on the Apple Pay website in Australia since earlier this year. ANZ is the only bank that accepts Apple Pay in Australia as competing "Big Four" institutions in the country, including Commonwealth Bank, NAB, and Westpac, so far unsuccessfully fight to negotiate with Apple over access to its NFC-based digital payment technology. The trio of banks want their customers to be able to use digital wallets they have already financed and developed. August has seen a number of banks and financial institutions enable Apple Pay support around the world, including Tangerine and PC Financial in Canada, BEA and Tap & Go in Hong Kong, and Clydesdale Bank, Yorkshire Bank, and B in the United Kingdom.