Apple Pay: Want a coffee but have no cash? Use your iPhone

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APPLE PAY has officially launched in the UK, bringing the contactless payment system to supermarkets, chemists, fast food restaurants and London’s public transport network.

More than 250,000 shops across the UK will accept Apple Pay, including Boots, Costa, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Nando’s, BP and the Post Office. The UK is the second country to get Apple Pay after the service launched in the USA in October 2014.

Anyone wanting to use Apple Pay to make payments in shops will need either an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus or an Apple Watch. The service is also compatible for in-app purchases on iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.

Apple Pay supports most major credit and debit cards, although the UK’s banks have been slow to take up the technology, reported Wired UK.

American Express, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, RBS, Santander and Ulster Bank all support the service from launch.

Payments are currently limited to £20, rising to £30 in September.

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As of today, Londoners can also use their iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for travel across the capital.

Transport For London (TfL) has confirmed that the gadgets can be used to pay for the tube, DLR, London overground and most bus service. It also covers rail services.

“We are delighted to welcome Apple Pay as another new, convenient for customers to pay for their travel”, Shashi Verma, Tfl’s director of customer experience told The Metro.

Tfl are the first UK public transport provider to accept contactless payments and Apple Pay.


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