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Apple Pay to launch in UK next month

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Consumers will be able to pay for goods using their Apple devices from next month.

Apple Pay is coming to the UK in July, giving iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch users a secure, contactless payment method.

The new service will be accepted at more than 250,000 locations at launch and will support UK credit and debit cards from American Express, Mastercard and Visa Europe.

“Apple Pay has quickly become a big part of millions of users’ everyday shopping routines, providing a simpler, faster and more secure way to pay,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

“We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants and many of our users’ favourite apps.”

The cards supported by Apple Pay are issued by banks including first direct, HSBC, NatWest, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank.

Other major banks including Bank of Scotland, Coutts, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, MBNA, M&S Bank and TSB Bank will join by the autumn.

Ross McEwan, CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “As part of our goal to be number one, we are absolutely focused on giving our customers the best and most innovative experience possible.

'Simple and secure'

“Whether on the high street, in a small shop or on the go within apps, Apple Pay offers a simple and secure way to pay.

“We are pleased to be among the first UK banks to offer this service to our customers.”

From next month, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch users will be able to make purchases anywhere contactless payments are accepted.

Locations include the UK’s 39 Apple stores, Boots, BP, Costa Coffee, Dune, JD Sports, KFC, Liberty, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, McDonald’s, Nando’s, New Look, Post Office, Pret A Manger, SPAR, Starbucks, SUBWAY, Wagamama, Waitrose and Transport for London.

Marks & Spencer CEO Marc Bolland said: “We are proud to be one of the first retailers to introduce Apple Pay at our stores across the UK.

“Whether customers are enjoying our special food range or our clothing collections, our early introduction of Apple Pay will provide them with a seamless and secure way of checking out.”

Apple Pay will also be supported in apps including Addison Lee, Airbnb, Argos, Booking.com, British Airways, Domino’s, easyJet, Hailo, HotelTonight, hungryhouse, JD Sports, Just Eat, lastminute.com, Miss Selfridge, Ocado, Stubhub, thetrainline.com, Top 10, Topshop, Uncover, Vueling, YPlan, Zalando and Zara.

When paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

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