Apple Pay Coming Soon to Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A and Au Bon Pain

Apple-Pay-250x434 (1) copyApple Pay is now available at more than 2 million retail locations, with merchants such as Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A and Au Bon Pain set to accept the system in stores imminently, reports The Business Times.

Online clothing retailer Zappos.com also added Apple Pay to its iPhone and iPad apps on Tuesday, following a number of requests from customers to use the feature.

The announcement by Apple comes alongside news that the mobile payment service exceeded the company's goal to make it available at 1.5 million locations by the end of 2015. In-app purchases using the service also more than doubled in the last six months of 2015 compared with the first half, says the company.

Despite the upbeat announcement, Apple still has work to convince U.S. customers to use Apple Pay at retail stores. According to a survey by consumer researcher Pymnts and InfoScout, 16.6 percent of people who own newer iPhones tried Apple Pay in October, an increase from 9 percent in November 2014.

Apple Pay is set to expand to China early this year, making it the fifth country to adopt the payments service since its U.S. launch in October 2014. The service expanded to the United Kingdom in July 2015, followed by Australia and Canada last November in partnership with American Express. Hong Kong, Singapore and Spain are also expected to gain support later this year.

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Top Rated Comments

Rogifan Avatar
109 months ago
And SamsungPay is accepted everywhere you can swipe a credit card (i.e. EVERYWHERE)

Sorry, but Samsung won this round Apple, next -->
Is it more secure than swiping a credit card? If not then I might as well just swipe my card.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bstpierre Avatar
109 months ago
That's utter nonsense. It's accepted anywhere that has an NFC reader. If there is no NFC reader on a unit, it won't magically take Samsung Pay. Same for Apple Pay, it works anywhere with an NFC reader even if the store doesn't "officially" accept it. At my work we have a Square unit that accepts it and a sticker on our door, I highly doubt we're included in that 2 million figure. Same for my barbershop that now accepts Apple Pay. The 2 million figure is only covering Apple's major partners.

If you tried to use Samsung pay at our store before we upgraded to an NFC unit, you would have looked like a moron because it wouldn't have worked. No such thing as magic, and the latest Samsung Pay commercial at Katz's deli is very misleading.
SamsungPay is suppose to emit a signal that mimics what a regular swipe machine would interpret as a card being swiped. That is the way it works everywhere.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tiger8 Avatar
109 months ago
And SamsungPay is accepted everywhere you can swipe a credit card (i.e. EVERYWHERE)

Sorry, but Samsung won this round Apple, next -->

EDIT: Just wanted to add the source:

http://money.cnn.com/infographic/technology/mobile-payment-comparison/

Both Apple Pay and Samsung pay have NFC, yes, but as it says for Samsung: At old card machines, uses MST (magnetic fields)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WarHeadz Avatar
109 months ago
And SamsungPay is accepted everywhere you can swipe a credit card (i.e. EVERYWHERE)

Sorry, but Samsung won this round Apple, next -->
That's utter nonsense. It's accepted anywhere that has an NFC reader. If there is no NFC reader on a unit, it won't magically take Samsung Pay. Same for Apple Pay, it works anywhere with an NFC reader even if the store doesn't "officially" accept it. At my work we have a Square unit that accepts it and a sticker on our door, I highly doubt we're included in that 2 million figure. Same for my barbershop that now accepts Apple Pay. The 2 million figure is only covering Apple's major partners.

If you tried to use Samsung pay at our store before we upgraded to an NFC unit, you would have looked like a moron because it wouldn't have worked. No such thing as magic, and the latest Samsung Pay commercial at Katz's deli is very misleading.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rogifan Avatar
109 months ago
So when is it coming to Target?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AlliFlowers Avatar
109 months ago
Yesterday we stopped at Rite-Aid. There are signs up everywhere proudly claiming all the electronic forms of payment they take. My husband was treating me to some chocolate after a very long day, so at the register he tried his Samsung Pay. Nothing. Tried again. This time it said "pin not accepted." Finally I put up my Apple watch and paid for my own darn chocolate.

Samsung Pay is almost there, but not quite.

And SamsungPay is accepted everywhere you can swipe a credit card (i.e. EVERYWHERE)

Sorry, but Samsung won this round Apple, next -->
SamsungPay is suppose to emit a signal that mimics what a regular swipe machine would interpret as a card being swiped. That is the way it works everywhere.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)