Apple Pay Launches in the UK; Canada Again Can Only Dream

Apple Pay was announced for the UK back in June at WWDC and now the service has gone live, as it said it would in July.

According to The Telegraph, which had an early hands-on with the service, “Santander, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland customers are among the first to be able to use their accounts with Apple Pay from the launch, while Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland account holders will have to wait until the autumn.”

As for Barclays customers, the bank has said Apple Pay support is coming “imminently.”

Apple Pay can be used immediately in the UK at the following locations, which number in the range of 250,000:

• Lidl
• M&S
• Post Office
• Liberty
• McDonalds
• Boots
• Costa
• Waitrose
• Pret
• BP
• Subway
• Wagamama
• Spar
• Nando’s
• New Look
• Starbucks
• Dune
• JD Sports

In order to use Apple Pay, an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch is required, along with a credit card from a supported and approved bank.

As for Apple Pay in Canada, the WSJ pegged the service could arrive here as early as November, although negotiations are still underway with Apple over credit transactions costs and security protocols.

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  • sukisszoze

    Press twice on the watch to pay..even faster than using the phone.

  • BeaveVillage

    We don’t need our cashless society in Canada yet, I find the drive-thru goes faster with cash than cards, and it’s hilarious how something from 100+ years ago is faster than our high horse modern tech.

  • BrodieTheDog

    I’ve been looking forward to this service. Come on banks of Canada. Get with the program.

  • hub2

    Only if you chip-and-PIN the card. If the store is properly equipped, a credit card NFC tap is definitely faster than cash unless it’s exact change. All the Timmies drive thrus I’ve been to recently had this.

  • erth

    please get out of your car… and tap and pay is the fastest there ever was.