We have been hearing a lot about Apple Pay in recent times but there is a good chance that you haven’t yet had the chance to use it.
The good news is that the system has been available in the UK since last summer. There are now many stores that let you pay in this way. The assistants might not know too much about how to use Apple Pay but if they accept contactless payments then they can let you pay in this way.
The Right Phone and Settings
You can use Apple Pay with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3. You can also use it in shops when you have an Apple Watch teamed up with an iPhone 5 or later generation model.
Remember that you also need to have at least iOS 8.3 and have the UK as your selected region. In addition, you will need to have an iCloud account and a supported card that has been issued by one of the banks involved in the scheme. Many of the top British banks participate in this, with Barclays recently added to the list.
Of course, you can pay in this way in any of the UK’s 39 Apple Stores. In other places, look out for signs that you can pay with contactless payment methods. Among the shops that offer this service are SPAR, Boots, BP, Costa Coffee, Post Office, Starbucks, Subway, Waitrose and a lot more. You can also use Apple Pay to pay for your transport with Transport for London.
Among the apps that you can use with Apple Pay are those that come from Argos, EasyJet, JD Sports, TopShop and Zara. If you need to find a local shop that lets you pay in this way then you can use the MasterCard Nearby app to do this.
It is worth bearing in mind that Apple Pay transactions are typically capped at £30.
Have you tried to use Apple Pay yet?