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Apple Pay Expands Beyond American Express in Australia with ANZ Support

Apple today updated its Apple Pay website in Australia to note that Apple Pay now supports credit and debit cards from the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (aka ANZ).

The ANZ website has also been updated with a new Apple Pay webpage and a report from Reuters confirms the partnership. ANZ card holders in Australia are able to add their cards to Apple Pay, which has been confirmed by a MacRumors reader.

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According to the ANZ website, many Visa and American Express cards are supported, including the ANZ Rewards Platinum Card, the ANZ Access Advantage with Visa Debit, and the ANZ Business Advantage wth Visa Debit, but MasterCard, ANZ Access, and ANZ Corporate cards are not supported.

Prior to today, Apple Pay was only available in Australia through a partnership with American Express, limiting it to American Express cardholders. Apple Pay has been slow to roll out in the country as rumors have suggested Apple has had trouble negotiating fees with banks. Apple Pay also has to compete with the New Payments Platform being pushed by the Reserve Bank of Australia, the country's central banking authority.

ANZ is one of the four major banks in Australia alongside Commonwealth Bank (CBA), Westpac (WBC), and National Australia Bank (NAB). According to Apple Pay vice president Jennifer Bailey, Apple is still in talks with the remaining three banks about further expansion of Apple Pay in the country.

Apple Pay is available in the United States, the UK, China, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, with Apple Pay support being limited to American Express users in the latter two countries. Apple Pay will soon be expanding to Hong Kong and Spain under the American Express partnership, and in the near future, Apple will be introducing Apple Pay support for additional banks and credit cards in Singapore.

During yesterday's Q2 2016 earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple Pay is growing at a "tremendous rate" with transaction volume up 5X compared to a year ago. Apple Pay is gaining one million new users per week and is available at more than 10 million locations worldwide.

(Thanks, David!)

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35 months ago
C'mon Apple. Get it to Canadian banks too (MBNA/TD specifically).
This is good to hear though. If they can get through to Australian banks, hopefully they can do the same in Canada soon
Rating: 14 Votes
35 months ago
Good stuff! Good to see a major bank on board in oz
Rating: 13 Votes
35 months ago
Yeah! Finally in Oz!! Today is the day I shift all my accounts to ANZ.
Rating: 8 Votes
35 months ago
Nearer and nearer, come on New Zealand :-)
Rating: 7 Votes
35 months ago
Fingers crossed that ANZ breaking ranks causes a domino effect for the other major banks
Rating: 7 Votes
35 months ago

This. Nobody uses American Express in Canada, making Apple Pay basically useless. All we need is Interac and it'll work everywhere.

I got Amex gold rewards through a promo recently. decided to keep it.
the points program is actually better than alot of the other programs and most stores i go to do accept amex.

There's no problem with that. It just simplifies things for everyone. Good people also should use credit as least as possible.

there is a problem with that. competition promotes efficiency.
Also credit card is good when used responsibly.
Rating: 6 Votes
35 months ago

C'mon Apple. Get it to Canadian banks too (MBNA/TD specifically).
This is good to hear though. If they can get through to Australian banks, hopefully they can do the same in Canada soon

This. Nobody uses American Express in Canada, making Apple Pay basically useless. All we need is Interac and it'll work everywhere.
Rating: 6 Votes
35 months ago

You guys are so lucky in Australia.

Pretty much every store accepts chip and contact-less payments.

Here in the United States, merchants drag their feet on everything, and Americans are afraid and resistant to anything but swiping the magnetic stripe on their card to pay.


Australian bank rocks up to shop: Here's your new terminal, this is how we do things now.
Shop owner: No worries, mate. Thanks.
Rating: 6 Votes
35 months ago

Canadians should push for more American Express & Discover acceptance in Canada.


For anyone who travels to Europe you couldn't pick 2 of the worst CCs in the market - Discover (the old Diner's Club card) - who accepts Discover.

Stick with MC and VISA - accepted worldwide wherever CCs are accepted.
Rating: 5 Votes
35 months ago
BMO BMO BMO BMO BMO BMO BMO!!!!!!!
Rating: 4 Votes

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