Wednesday May 8, 2019 4:32 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple Pay arrived unexpectedly in Iceland today, allowing bank customers to use Apple's mobile payment system for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch wherever they see the contactless logo. Apple Pay support surprisingly landed this morning in Iceland. Velkominn! 🇮🇸❤️ #ApplePay #Iceland pic.twitter.com/tKVYm2HL09— DARIO KOROLIJA (@korolijadario) May 8, 2019 International payment solutions company Valitor is said to have played a key role in bringing Apple Pay to the country, with Landsbankinn and Arion banki among the first Icelandic banks to announce support for the digital wallet. As to which country will get the next Apple Pay rollout, it's currently a toss-up between The Netherlands and Portugal, where regional banks have teased that Apple's contactless payment system is "coming soon." Apple Pay first launched in the United States in October 2014 and is also available in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Japan, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Ireland, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in March that Apple Pay will be available in more than 40 countries and regions by the end of 2019.