Tangerine Apple Pay Support Now Coming “In the Near Future” [u]


Yesterday’s Apple Pay launch for RBC and CIBC meant other banks saw their social media channels flooded with requests from customers looking from the outside. Some did better than others, meaning some actually had a human write decent responses, while lazy accounts just copied and pasted responses, like PC Financial:

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Desjardins tried to jam as much text into 140 characters, making their tweets look like they were sent by a texting tween:

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Tangerine, owned by Scotiabank, said yesterday “we’re always exploring new innovations including mobile payments and will share more details when they become available!” This pretty much translated into empty PR speak.

But just this morning, Tangerine has outright announced on Twitter they will be supporting Apple Pay “in the near future” and would share updates as they become available:

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One possible reason for the delay could be the addition of getting debit cards with NFC support, as Tangerine responded to one customer to say “while our MasterCard is equipped w/ Tap to Pay, we’re working on getting it for our Client Cards.”

Apple said yesterday the Canadian delay for Apple Pay was linked to the creation of tokenization for the Interac network, which banks use for their debit cards.

Scotiabank stated yesterday it’s ready to launch Apple Pay support in mid-June, so it would make sense Tangerine would also join the mobile wallet soon too. TD and BMO are also ready to launch Apple Pay next month.

According to sources, Canadian banks allegedly agreed to pay Apple 15 cents per every $100 spent using Apple Pay, as part of their interchange fee terms, similar to other agreements in Australia and the UK.

Want to see Apple Pay responses from PC Financial, MBNA Canada, National Bank, Desjardins, Capital One (Costco’s MasterCard provider), Chase (Amazon Visa), Coast Capital and Rogers MasterCard? Click here to find out what they had to say about supporting Apple’s mobile wallet.

Back in February, Tangerine customer care told customers they were “confident” Apple Pay would be supported in the near future.

Update May 12: Tangerine’s CEO now says Apple Pay is coming in 6-8 weeks.

Thanks Artur!


  • David

    I thought today that the exclusion of Scotia, TD & BMO could be to allow for a slow rollout. Test the system and Interac/Apple Pay tokenization on a larger scale (aside from internal bank testers).
    Plus, I remember when Apple rolled out a new iOS, plus MobileMe and a new iPhone all in the same day – they crashed their systems. They’ve learnt from that and release iOS updates ahead of a new phone release.
    I realize it could be a wild theory, but to me it makes sense. Especially since Scotia was there with CIBC & RBC with their own mobile payment app already.

  • MrXax

    Hell, I’m still waiting for Interac Flash from Tangerine. They’ve been saying forever that it’s coming “soon,” too.

  • Hopefully Chase Canada and Capital One Canada will do the same too. They are the cards with the best perks that I would use the most

  • mxmgodin

    It’s apparently because in-app purchases are currently not working with the new issuers (only in-store). The 3 other banks are waiting out so they can introduce Apple Pay with both features functional at the same time.

    That’s what I gathered from other articles/twitter conversations.

  • Mohammed Al Sarraf

    Rogers responded back to me saying that they won’t support Apple Pay anytime soon

  • Jay

    Huh? do you do your banking with Rogers?

  • xeronine992

    +1 for Capital One

    “What’s on YOUR phone?”

  • thelewin

    Rogers Bank does issue MasterCards, so he probably does.

  • Elaine Leung

    I agree! I’ve been asking since Day 1 when I first joined (and that was when they were still ING Direct!)

  • Mohammed Al Sarraf

    Yes, Rogers MasterCard

  • SOB

    Rogers is probably trying to figure out how they cam make money on this.

  • David

    That was another theory I had yesterday. Because the Financial Post article, where Jennifer Bailey was quoted heavily said that in-app functionality would come in June. Maybe me think – maybe there is a connection. Would also make sense, those banks want their customers to have the full experience.

  • xeronine992

    Does anyone know why it doesn’t work in-app? That restriction is puzzling to me.

    The only in-app Apple Pay purchase I’ve done is at Exxon stations in the US, but fortunately I can use my Amex for that.

  • Corey Beazer

    Hey look at that, my robo-twitter response made the cut for the image above, haha.
    Glad to see Tangerine sent out that they will be supporting it. If they get it before PC Financial I’ll happily switch over to that. PC Financial also does not have touch to pay on the client cards (they do on Credit cards), so I see that being another delay for them.

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  • Tommy D

    Same. It’s long been a source of frustration with an otherwise good service.

  • Jwideawake

    Agree… Seems already old school not to have interact flash. Don’t think hey jump to Apple Pay any time soon.