Apple finally announced today when Apple Pay will be available in the UK. And we don’t have long to wait: it’ll be available starting next month!
But where will UK consumers be able to use it?
According to Apple’s press release about the launch, you’ll be able to use Apple Pay anywhere in the UK that accepts contactless payments.
Here are the UK retailers that Apple specifically mentioned will be accepting Apple Pay starting from July:
- Apple Stores
- Costa Coffee
- JD Sports
- Marks & Spencer
- New Look
- Post Office
- Pret A Manger
- Transport for London
And that’s not all. You’ll also be able to use Apple Pay for payments within the following apps:
- Addison Lee
- British Airways
- JD Sports
- Just Eat
- Miss Selfridge
- Top 10
But will Apple Pay work with your credit card?
According to Apple’s announcement, Apple Pay will initially work with credit cards issued by first direct, HSBC, NatWest, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. By the autumn it’s due to also work with cards from Bank of Scotland, Coutts, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, MBNA, M&S Bank and TSB Bank.
If your credit card is issued by Barclays, it looks like you’re out of luck for the time being.
Apart from not working with Barclays’ credit cards, the biggest drawback of Apple Pay right now seems to be that it won’t be available on older Apple devices. You’ll need an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch to pay in-store and an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 to use Apple Pay within apps.
What do you think of the Apple Pay UK announcement? Do you think Apple Pay will take off in the UK? And will you be using Apple Pay yourself?
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