Apple Pay Overview Updated March 3, 2021

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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 Yesterday

UK increases contactless payment limit, but little Apple Pay impact

The UK has increased the contactless payment limit from £45 ($63) to £100 ($140). This means that contactless payment cards can now be used for larger purchases. There will, however, be very little impact on Apple Pay purchases …

Apple Pay Stories March 1

In 2020, consumers pulled out their digital wallets, like Apple Pay, more often than they did physical wallets when they paid in-store, according to a new FIS study. For the first time, payments using mobile digital wallets overtook cash payments on in-store purchases on a global basis last year.

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Apple Pay Stories February 24

Apple Pay could be coming soon to Israel according to Pepper bank

Just after Apple Pay officially launched in Mexico this week, a hint has surfaced that Apple’s secure payment platform could be close to debuting in Israel as well.

Apple Pay Stories February 23

Update: Now available for American Express cardholders as well.

Seven years since the original launch of Apple Pay in the US, the service continues its worldwide expansion with Mexico. Starting today, Citibanamex (part of Citibank group) and Banorte clients can add their cards to the iPhone’s Wallet. Mexico has been waiting a long time for Apple Pay.

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Apple Pay Stories February 17

Apple announced today in a new partnership with Clipper that the Clipper card will soon be supported in the Wallet app and Apple Pay. Users will soon be able to use the card on iPhone and Apple Watch across all the San Francisco Bay Area transit agencies with just a tap without authentication.

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Apple Pay Stories February 12

The popular Bitcoin and cryptocurrency spending service BitPay is officially adding Apple Pay support. This means that the BitPay Prepaid MasterCard can now be added to Apple Pay and the Apple Wallet app for making purchases in the real-world with cryptocurrency.

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