Apple Pay reportedly launching in UK on 14 July
08 July, 2015 | Technology
Apple Pay has been a long time coming but the wait might be over soon.
Despite having been released in the US back in October 2014, it has taken its time to make its way over to the UK. However, after Apple confirmed its release at last month’s Worldwide Developers Conference, they still haven’t set a date for launch.
However, rumours are flying around and it looks like a firm date has been leaked. This rumoured release date comes from 9to5Mac who says an Apple Store employee in the UK has told them that Apple Pay will be released in the UK on the 14th July!
Apple is supposedly going to start training employees on the 12th July in time to begin accepting contactless payments.
The site also got its hand on a second confirmed date of the 14th July from internal memos from Waitrose, which states the service will go live in stores on that date. From this it does look like the original rumours may be true and Apple might be gearing up for a July launch.
However, much like the contactless card payments it looks like there will be some frustrating limitations in place and Apple Pay is also expected to be limited to £20 per transaction, which obviously won’t replace your wallet.
It does look like this limit will be rising to £30 per transaction as of this September (according to the UK Cards Association).
But if Apple Pay does take off, it could potential force the issue even sooner lifting the limitations.
Apple Pay will work on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, and 8 major UK banks are on-board for the launch. And not only will you be able to pay for things in stores, you will also be able to pay within apps too.
How Apple Pay will work
On the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus:
Apple Pay is one touch to pay with Touch ID. You don’t need to open an app or even wake your display. It all works through NFC antenna (Near Field Communication) on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. To pay, you simply hold your phone near the contactless reader with your finger on the Touch ID. You don’t even need to look at the screen to see that the transaction is complete, as a subtle vibration and beep will inform you of its completion.
To pay using an Apple Watch you simply double-click the side button and hold the display of Apple Watch up to the contactless reader. Transaction confirmation will notify you with a gentle tap and beep.
Apple says that “Apple Pay will change how you make purchases with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built into the devices you have with you every day. So you can use your iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad to pay in a simple, secure and private way.”
Will you be using Apple Pay when it’s released?