Apple Pay Overview Updated August 9, 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 August 9

Following a positive outlook on Apple’s earnings call last week, Loup Ventures is out today with an in-depth look at the state of Apple Pay. Currently, Loup Ventures estimates that just 20 percent of global smartphone users rely on their phone as a wallet, but it expects that number to rise to 80 percent…

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Latest Apple Pay deal offers a $20 Nike promo code on a future purchase

Apple continues to offer weekly deals for iOS-based shopping when using Apple Pay as your payment method. Apple just emailed out their new weekly promo, and you can get $20 discount code in the Nike app when you spend $100.

Apple Pay Stories August 7

Apple Pay now works with 25 more banks across the US, Russia, and Ukraine

Apple Pay continues to pick up new banks and credit unions every month — and soon to Germany and possibly Austria. These are the latest new banks and credit unions added in the US, Russia, and Ukraine that let you pay with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac…

Apple Pay Stories August 2

Square is opening up its payment processing tools to developers for the first time now thanks to its new Square Reader SDK. Square’s new software development kit lets third-party apps integrate with Square Reader hardware so vendors can accept payments in their own apps while still benefiting from Square’s card readers.

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Apple Pay Stories August 1

Following in the footsteps of Wells Fargo and Bank of America, Chase announced today that it has rolled out cardless transactions – including Apple Pay support – to nearly all of its 16,000 ATMs. Today’s announcement is a continuation of the rollout that originally started in 2016, but made very slow progress…

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Apple Pay Stories July 31

Apple Pay coming to Germany this fall, CVS and 7-11 to accept the payment method in the US

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced this afternoon during the company’s earnings call that Apple Pay will be rolling out to Germany later this year.

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