Apple to Bring Apple Pay to the UK in July; Canada Misses Out

In line with earlier rumours, Apple announced today that it will bring its mobile payment platform to the UK. It was a big disappointment for Canadians, who were waiting for Apple Pay to reach their country, but it seems like what’s possible in the UK couldn’t make it in Canada.


You may recall that Tim Cook highlighted how Apple is trying to be the change — to bring women in tech — well, that change is today: the keynote featured a female speaker in vice president of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey.

Discover will join Apple Pay this fall, Bailey said, emphasizing that Square will launch an Apple Pay-compatible reader. The mobile payment platform is currently limited to the US, but in seven months of availability, it has registered tremendous growth: it started with 220,000 locations and will surpass 1 million locations in July.

“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.”

Next month, Apple will also extend the availability of its mobile payment platform to Europe: Apple Pay will launch in the UK in July. Apple’s partners are HSBC, NatWest, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. At launch, Apple Pay will support 70% of credit and debit cards in the UK. Other major issuing banks will follow by this fall, including Bank of Scotland, Coutts, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, MBNA, M&S Bank and TSB Bank.

About 250,000 merchant locations will support Apple Pay, and most importantly, if you happen to be in London and want to use the London transport system, you will be able to commute and pay on the London Underground. In addition to the 39 Apple Stores in the UK, leading locations for everyday shopping that will accept Apple Pay include Boots UK, BP, Costa Coffee, Dune, JD Sports, KFC UK & Ireland, Liberty, LIDL, Marks & Spencer (M&S), McDonald’s UK, Nando’s, New Look, Post Office, Pret A Manger, SPAR, Starbucks, SUBWAY stores, Wagamama and Waitrose.

Apps that will accept Apple Pay in the UK include Addison Lee, Airbnb, Argos,, British Airways, Domino’s, easyJet, Hailo, HotelTonight, hungryhouse, JD Sports, Just Eat,, Miss Selfridge, Ocado, Stubhub,, Top 10, Topshop, Uncover, Vueling, YPlan, Zalando and Zara, among others.

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  • Guest

    A fall announcement with the 6s/+ isn’t out of the question.

  • Cornfed710

    Not at all ?

  • Cornfed710

    Not at all ? ?


  • Z S

    I was super disappointed as well… but the rumour was that it’s coming around November, right? Fingers crossed we’ll see an announcement for Apple Pay at this September’s keynote.

  • Not in the announcement today, but it should be coming Nov timeframe this year. There’ll be another Apple event before then so they can announce it then when they have more details on Banks and companies jumping aboard.

  • Corey Beazer

    Think the only good Canadian bit of news during the keynote was that they referenced poutine…. Then proceeded to say how unhealthy it is…. Weak Americans

  • Max

    Screw THE BIG 5 BANKS they want to keep profit for all to them self they partner with the BIG 3 rather than Apple.

  • erth

    sad 🙁

  • sukisszoze

    Payments in Europe are so far ahead of Canada so I’m not surprised Apple can get a deal in the UK first…meanwhile our banks are probably saying to Apple that Canadian are happy with paying via their app on the BB and we don’t want to write off our investment in developing our own

  • Chrome262

    it is unhealthy though lol.

  • Chrome262

    not holding my breath, the banks here pretty much run as a oligarchy, so even if one bank love the idea the others have to sign on. Hell look at CIBC and its check card, 12 years after the rest of the world has it, and they got sued by Interac and the the other banks. Why let Apple pay in when they have their own system

  • I picked the right country to move to! 😛 I’m with Nat West, so I’ll get to try out Apple Pay next month.

  • Damn youuuuuuu! 🙂

  • Brad

    Like others, very disappointed. We have an excellent system in place for almost all retailers to accept apple pay. The problem therefore likely lies with the banks, credit card companies, etc. I can see the banks trying to negotiate on their terms and apple standing firm….just a thought

  • Skeptical

    Don’t hold your breath, we are still waiting for iTunes Radio Canada. What a joke!

  • AMP2020

    UGH. So annoying. VERY disappointed.

  • oennich l

    I’m a bit late here, but I think Apple Music is effectively replacing iTunes Radio.

  • hiramwalker

    Canadian banks and telcos walk all over Canadians with Harper’s blessing.