Last Major UK Bank Joins Apple Pay, Canadian Bank Support Still Absent

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Barclays announced on Tuesday morning that, after long months of absence, it finally supports Apple Pay in the UK. This gives Barclays customers with a compatible device – iPhone SE, iPhone 6 or later – the ability to pay for purchases at over 400,000 contactless locations in the country, to pay for their fare on the London transport network, and to shop using participating retailers’ apps.

Barclays is the last major UK bank to join Apple Pay. The bank was the first to introduce contactless credit cards in the UK in 2007, and in December 2015 alone they recorded 140 million contactless transactions.

Apple Pay is supported by Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, TSB, and Ulster Bank.

Now, as we turn our attention to Canada, we find that Canadian banks still don’t support Apple Pay. The only partner to support Apple Pay in Canada is American Express. However, Canada isn’t the only country where Apple is still negotiating with banks (most likely the sticking point is Apple’s cut): Australian bank continue to refrain from supporting Apple Pay.

There has been evidence to suggest that other banks may join soon, but as you have already noticed, financial institutions are still silent on the matter. Maybe Apple is preparing to announce new banking partners at the next earnings call or at WWDC 2016? Anything is possible. Until then, don’t leave your wallet at home.

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  • Jason Reid

    *sigh*….that is all.

  • KIII

    You guys should stop talking about this it’s only going to end up with the employees from Rogers,Telus,Shaw and all banks on sad face posters saying how they will be loosing their jobs to non Canadian Apple employee residents.

    You know what is funny though, Deadpool will be an R rated purchase in the American iTunes but here we get the 14A ???? We’re just being protected, that is all.

  • johnnygoodface

    Macrumors reports: “Earlier this month, a hidden “NetworkInterac” string was uncovered in iOS 9.2.1 code that hints at Apple Pay support at Canada’s big banks.” and I think iPhoneincanada reported that too once… So I’m still dreaming…

  • aaloo

    stupid canadian banks.

  • Yeah we were the source for that 🙂

  • erth

    You know, the canadian banks just don’t make enough money….

  • Lol this is the reason 😉

  • OliChabot

    I’m in love with AMEX since it’s Apple Pay compatible in Canada. Sorry Visa but you ain’t getting my money now…

  • bbousquet

    Yeah I can’t wait to use my Amex card in France next week. Oh wait.

    [I do enjoy Apple Pay on the watch but there are far too many locations that do not accept Amex in Canada – not to mention abroad]

  • Z S

    I was really hoping Apple was going to announce wider support for Canada at their last keynote. I wish they’d at least tell us “it’s coming” rather than us trying to put pieces together and hope it’ll be soon.

    I mean, just say, “we’re working on it and plan for Q2 or Q3” or something. SOMETHING.

  • OliChabot

    Honestly I find it not true. Icoild count on my fringers the number of times AMEX was declined, and I just remember where it is and go there only if I have no other choice. But overall, shopping centers take it, many restaurants take it, convenience stores,etc…

  • CMfly

    This is why I have not upgraded from 5s yet.. Give me some apple Pay love. Why hasn’t Amazon/Chase card been supported yet they are the obvious easy first choice as I believe they support it in the US.

  • bbousquet

    Most smaller restaurants don’t accept Amex (along with some chains as well). IGA (groceries) does not either. Gas stations aren’t a problem but the ones with tap support at the pump never seem to support Amex (you have to stick the card into the slot and enter your PIN). It’s not as bad as I thought it would be but I frequently have to use my debit card instead – and have to carry my MC around, too.

    The other annoying thing is the number of restaurants who have NFC disabled on their terminals. I assume this will resolve itself once mobile payment methods are more common.