Apple Pay launches in the UK today


Californian manufacturer’s customers can use payment service at more than 250,000 locations

Apple Pay, the Californian manufacturers mobile payments system, has launched in the UK today.

From today iPhone 6, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users will be able to use their device to pay for items at more than 250,000 locations. According to Kantar there are approximately three million Apple Pay compatible devices in the UK.

Apple Pay uses NFC technology integrated into the devices to allow it to communicate with the reader.

For iPhone users they can pay by holding their phone near the contactless reader while keeping their finger on Apple’s fingerprint reader, Touch ID. Apple Watch users double click the side button of the device and hold the face towards the reader.

Apple Pay users must upload their card details to iCloud before beginning to use the service. Apple says the service has “industry leading” security credentials to ensure that card details are never shared with retailers or compromised.

Launch retailers for the service include Boots UK, Transport for London, BP, Costa Coffee, Dune, JD Sports, KFC UK & Ireland, Liberty, LIDL, Marks & Spencer (M&S), McDonald’s UK, Nando’s and Subway.

Banks to support Apple Pay at launch include American Express, Mastercard, First Direct, NatWest, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. HSBC, Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Coutts, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, MBNA, M&S Bank and TSB will add the service for their customers over the next few months.

“Innovation in UK payments means it’s fast becoming the most advanced market in the world and the arrival of Apple Pay heralds this new era. We will see more change in the next five years than we’ve seen in the last 50, bringing even more convenience and security for consumers,” said MasterCard UK & Ireland president Mark Barnett.

“Regardless of the device they use, our aim is to give consumers a safe and seamless payment experience that offers all the benefits and guarantees of any MasterCard transaction. Our work with Apple embodies the digital transformation of our company and solidifies our commitment to more secure, digital payments.”