Apple Pay Overview Updated June 13, 2020

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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):




Hong Kong



New Zealand




Czech Republic







Isle of Man







San Marino





United Kingdom

Vatican City


Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates


The United States

Apple Pay Stories June 13

Apple has announced its latest Apple Pay promotion today, this time in celebration of Father’s Day. When you check out with Apple Pay, you can secure 20% off your order from Fanatics, Apple says.

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Apple Pay Stories June 4

Latest Apple Pay deal sees $1 Crispy Chicken Sandwiches at Burger King

Apple and Burger King are offering customers a unique Apple Pay promo. For a limited time, you can get a Crispy Chicken Sandwich for just $1 when ordering ahead in the Burger King iOS app.

Apple Pay Stories June 3

The full rollout of Apple Pay on the New York metro system has been delayed due to the coronavirus, says the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

The MTA first offered contactless card payment, which supports Apple Pay, for limited lines back in May of last year. Progress since then has been slow, however, and there have been some glitches along the way …

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Apple Pay Stories June 2

PSA: As Apple Pay Octopus goes live in Hong Kong, best to register a new card

Hong Kong residents have waited a long time for Apple Pay Octopus support to go live, but it’s finally happened. The rollout began yesterday, and officially launches today …

Apple Pay Stories May 28

Latest weekly Apple Pay promotion offers 30% purchases from Ray-Ban

Apple has returned with a new weekly Apple Pay promotion. This time, you can get 30% off custom sunglasses or eyeglasses from Ray-Ban when you check out with Apple Pay.

Apple Pay Stories May 12

As the big four banks complete their rollouts of Apple Pay in Australia, the Apple service is driving an increase in contactless payments. New data from the Roy Morgan Digital Payments Report indicates a “sharp increase” in use of non-bank contactless services in Australia.

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