Apple Pay Overview Updated May 23, 2019

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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.

The service 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. It’ss compatible with all iPhones from 6/6 Plus and and beyond, and all versions of Apple Watch.

In apps, it 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 iPads from the iPad mini 3 and Air 2 and beyond. Apple Pay is supported on the Mac and on the web with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra and beyond.

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 11 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 is available in the following countries (click the country name to see compatible banks):

Asia-Pacific

Australia

China*

Hong Kong

Japan

Kazakhstan

New Zealand

Singapore

Taiwan

Belgium

Czech Republic

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Guernsey

Ireland

Isle of Man

Italy

Jersey

Monaco

Norway

Poland

Russia

San Marino

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Ukraine

United Kingdom

Vatican City

Brazil

Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates

Canada

The United States

Apple Pay Stories May 23

Latest Apple Pay deal offers $1 tacos at Taco Bell

A new Apple Pay promo has arrived, this time highlighting ways to order food with ease along with a deal at Taco Bell for $1 tacos.

Apple Pay Stories May 21

Starting this week, transit users in the Portland-Vancouver region can now use iPhone and Apple Watch for transit rides. Customers can add their Hop transit cards to Apple Wallet, allowing them to ditch physical cards and tickets.

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Apple Pay Stories May 20

Apple Pay continues its international expansion today, going live in Hungary and Luxembourg. This means that iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac users in those countries can now take full advantage of Apple’s mobile payment platform.

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One of the major Apple Pay holdouts in Australia is finally coming on board to support Apple’s mobile payments platform. National Australia Bank today announced that its customers can now add NAB cards to Apple Pay, becoming the third of the “big four” banks in Australia to do so.

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Apple Cash: How to require manual acceptance for payments

Do you receive payments with Apple Cash on your iPhone or iPad but want to change it to require you to manually accept payments? Read on below…

Apple Pay Stories May 17

Apple Cash: How much money can you transfer to your bank or debit card?

If you’ve got an Apple Cash balance you’d like to transfer to your debit card or bank there are a few things to know. Let’s look at how much money you can transfer as well as how much the Instant Transfer option costs.

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