When Apple Pay launched in the UK, there was one major holdout: Barclays. The company initially said only that it was in negotiation with Apple, later said that it would be going ahead but couldn’t say when, before stating that it would be sometime in “early 2016.” The bank has now provided more specific timing in an email reply to a customer.

We will launch Apple Pay, as committed, within the next 60-75 days.

Given that the email was dated 12th January (though only tweeted yesterday), that means Barclays will begin supporting Apple Pay sometime in March.

In the U.S., Apple added support for 50+ new banks and credit unions a few days ago, though usage appears to be lagging behind the matching growth in retail acceptance.

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