Apple Launches Tap to Pay on iPhone in France

Apple has announced Tap to Pay on iPhone in France, allowing independent sellers, small merchants, and large retailers in the country to use ‌iPhones‌ as a payment terminal.

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Tap to Pay first arrived in February 2022 in the US, and allows iPhones to accept payments via Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets‌‌‌. All transactions are encrypted, and Apple has no information about what is purchased or the person who made the purchase.

No additional hardware or credit card machine is required‌ to use Tap to Pay on iPhone. The feature uses NFC technology to securely authenticate the contactless payments, plus the feature also supports PIN entry, which includes accessibility options.

"We are very excited to offer Tap to Pay on iPhone to merchants throughout France, so that they have a simple, secure and confidential way to accept contactless payments while benefiting from the power, security and usability of the iPhone," said Jennifer Bailey, Apple Vice President of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet. "With more than 90% of bank cards in France equipped with contactless technology, and the increasing adoption of contactless payments, merchants will be able to accept payments from their customers with a simple gesture on their iPhone."

The banking group BPCE (Banques Populaires, Caisses d'Epargne and Payplug) and along with Adyen, myPOS, Revolut, SumUp, Viva Wallet, and Worldline now offer Tap to Pay on iPhone to French customers. They will soon be joined by BNP Paribas, Crédit Coopératif, Market Pay, Stancer and Stripe, according to Apple.

Tap to Pay on ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌ requires ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌ XS or newer models, and works for customers as any normal ‌‌‌‌Apple Pay‌‌‌‌ transaction would. Sellers just need to open up the app, register the sale, and present their ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌ to the buyer, who can then use an appropriate contactless payment method.

France becomes the eighth region to support Tap to Pay, following similar rollouts in the U.K., Australia, Taiwan, Brazil, Ukraine, and the Netherlands earlier in the year.

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Top Rated Comments

klasma Avatar
7 months ago

Are they omitting VISA/Mastercard with these transactions?
No. Apple is only inserting themselves as a middle man, hiding who is paying for what.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SexExpert Avatar
7 months ago

Trading one kind of radiation for another. Have the regulatory bodies thoroughly investigated all the potential dangers? Not going to turn out it uses one more milliwatt than they thought?
They have to keep the radiation low otherwise it interferes with the 5G antennas in the COVID vaccine nanobots
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
klasma Avatar
7 months ago

I saw this in London last weekend!! I paid a curry and tapped my apple watch directly into the trader’s iPhone!!
Somehow that sounds lewd. ;)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
klasma Avatar
7 months ago

I don't get why are Apple rolling this out in such a piecemeal fashion? It's just allowing devs greater access to the NFC reader, so surely the usual complicating regulatory factors are the devs' responsibility?
The transactions are processed via Apple Pay services, so need integration and approval by the local payment networks.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PegasusTenma Avatar
7 months ago
I saw this in London last weekend!! I paid a curry and tapped my apple watch directly into the trader’s iPhone!!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cyanite Avatar
7 months ago

In-person payments, contact sharing and photo sharing need to have a Matter equivalent across iPhone and Android.
This isn't really "in-person payments", though. It's a payment card machine emulator, so it's already standard: Any card, or emulated card, works.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)