Apple Pay Overview Updated February 20, 2018

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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 February 20

Apple Pay is continuing its rollout in the United States today, coming to a handful of new banks and credit unions. While the mobile payment platform has been long supported by most of the major banks in the United States, it’s been slowly coming to smaller banks and credit unions. Here’s the full list:

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Apple Pay Stories February 16

Apple Pay now accepted at 5,000+ more online stores in Denmark, Finland and Sweden

Apple Pay is now accepted at an additional 5,000+ online stores in Denmark, Finland and Sweden …

Apple Pay Stories February 7

Apple offering Valentine’s Day discount for Apple Pay purchases via 1-800-Flowers

In an ongoing effort to bring people into the Apple Pay ecosystem, Apple is now offering $15 off at 1-800-Flowers when checking out with its mobile payment service.

Apple Pay adds 26 more banks and credit unions in the US

While Apple Pay works with nearly all of the major banks across the United States, there are still plenty of regional banks and credit unions with customers waiting for Apple Pay to work with their institution. The latest expansion includes several additional banks across the US.

Apple has had to work hard to promote Apple Pay in China due to the popularity of existing, local mobile wallet apps like WeChat Pat and Alipay.

The company had already bowed to the inevitable in allowing local apps to be used for online payments, but is now set to go even further …

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Apple Pay Stories February 1

In today’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple Pay will be rolling out in Brazil soon. While he didn’t give us an exact date, Cook said it would be coming soon.

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