Back in October, users started to notice Apple Pay badges appear within Apple Maps in Canada and Australia, a hint the mobile wallet was possibly ready to launch (which of course it did on November 17 in Canada and two days later down under). Eventually, these badges ‘disappeared’ (blank placeholders remained), but now they are showing up again.
When you search for stores within Apple Maps and tap to see more information, the Apple Pay badges appears near the bottom of listings, as shown below in our queries for Whole Foods in Toronto and Save On Foods in Vancouver:
One of the early barriers of Apple Pay in Canada is not being able to find a store to try it out at, since retailers need to accept American Express and support contactless payments for the latter.
The addition of these Apple Pay badges will make things easier, but for now it seems limited to large chains. Let us know what stores you find within Apple Maps that are showing support for Apple Pay.