Apple Pay Overview Updated July 18, 2017

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Apple Pay is Apple’s mobile payments solution that allows users to seamlessly use their phone to pay for purchases both in retail stores, apps, and the web. The service was first introduced in 2014 and has been expanding to additional countries ever since then.

Apple Pay is currently available in Australia, Canada, Mainland China, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the U.S., and Taiwan.

Apple Pay works in retail stores by simply holding your iPhone over a compatible checkout terminal and authenticating the purchase via Touch ID, or your Apple Watch with no further authentication required once you have unlocked the Watch. Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7/7 Plus, and Apple Watch.

In apps, Apple Pay works by pulling in your card information and seamlessly allowing you to checkout using that card information. This prevents you from having to manually enter your card information every time you want to make a purchase. In addition to working with all of the iPhone models previously mentioned, Apple Pay in apps also works on the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 4. Apple Pay is supported on the Mac and on the web with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

In addition to working with debit and credit cards, Apple Pay also works with rewards cards and store cards. This means that you can add something like your Starbucks card, Walgreens Balance Rewards card, and more to the Wallet app to easily keep track of everything.

To set up Apple Pay on an iPhone, open the Wallet app on iOS 10 and tap the plus (+) icon in the top right corner to begin, then follow the prompts. To add a debit card to the Apple Watch, go to the Apple Watch app on iPhone and look for the Wallet & Apple Pay section, then Add Credit or Debit Card section.

Apple Pay is the dominant mobile payments solution, even forcing its biggest potential competitor to shutdown, and as the service continues to expand, it will only get better. View the full list of retailers and banks that support the service on Apple’s website

Apple Pay Stories July 18

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New banks and credit unions across the United States, Italy, Russia, the UK, and China have joined Apple’s list of participating partners since the last refresh earlier this month. Check out the latest Apple Pay banks below:

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Apple Pay Stories July 17

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Subway’s new store design adds digital self-order kiosks w/ Apple Pay, faster mobile pre-ordering

Subway is refreshing its store design with new digital self-order kiosks that will feature Apple Pay (and Samsung Pay) as well a faster experience for delivery and pre-ordering via its mobile app and Facebook Messenger bot.

Apple is reportedly running the largest Apple Pay promotion in China since the service launched there almost 18 months ago.

The company is offering discounts of up to 50%, and points rewards of up to 50 times the usual number, for using the service at 28 major retail outlets and 16 online stores. The major push is in response to the greatest challenge faced by Apple Pay in the country …

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Apple Pay Stories July 6

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Apple Pay comes to 20+ more banks in the US

New banks and credit unions across the United States are continuing to adopt Apple Pay, and 21 additional institutions have joined Apple’s list of participating partners since the last refresh a few weeks ago. Check out the latest Apple Pay banks below:

Apple Pay Stories June 30

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Apple has announced a new Apple Pay initiative to raise funds for the National Parks Foundation, running for the first half of July.

From July 1 through 15, Apple is donating $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on apple.com or through the Apple Store app in the US

Tim Cook explained why the company is doing it …

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Apple Pay Stories June 29

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There’s now an Apple Pay smart debit card for kids

Greenlight is a special debit card and service that allows families to monitor and control how and where kids can spend money. Starting today, Greenlight’s smart debit card for kids will work with Apple Pay as well.

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