At its annual WWDC developers conference today, Apple announced a number of key expansions to its digital payment system, Apple Pay. Originally launched in the US in October, the platform will.
For new users from the UK, the service will launch with eight of the country's most popular banks, with 250,000 locations supporting Apply Pay. The London public transportation system TfL will also accept fares paid by the service.
Created to streamline and simplify transactions, the service works in a similar way toand allows and users to pay for products through their handsets. In-store purchases can be carried out with the smartphones' NFC chips (the same one that Apple Watch owners can also use), while app purchases can be executed and verified through your Touch ID fingerprint.
Other Touch ID-enabled devices, such as theand , can pay for in-app transactions too, thanks to . With the forthcoming , you'll also be able to consolidate loyalty and rewards cards.
For a complete list of national businesses where you can use Apple Pay in the UK, check out the chart below.
APPLE PAY UK PARTICIPANTS
|Credit card companies||Banks||Businesses||Apps|
|American Express||First Direct||Apple||Addison Lee|
|Royal Bank of Scotland||Dune||British Airways|
|Bank of Scotland*||Liberty London||EasyJet|
|M&S Bank*||New Look||Hotel Tonight|
|TSB Bank*||Post Office||Hungry House|
|Pret a Manger||JD Sports|
|Transport for London||Miss Selfridge|
|Wagamama||Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels|
|Uncover Curated Dining Tonight|
*Coming later in the year.
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