HSBC and First Direct Finally Join Apple Pay

By James O Malley on at

Three weeks later than expected, HSBC and its subsidiary First Direct have finally joined Apple Pay, which means that the banks' customers can now pay for stuff using their iPhone 6 or Apple Watch.

The news will be welcome as HSBC and First Direct were expected to be on board from the go when Apple Pay launched on July 14th, though ended up missing in action until now.

This now leaves Barclays and Co-op Bank as the only major UK banks to not support Apple's new payment system, though Barclays has since said it will join Apple Pay soon. It is initially thought to have opted out because it launched its own "bPay" contactless payment system, but since appears to have bowed to consumer pressure.

Apple Pay should work pretty much everywhere contactless payments are accepted, including major high street stores like McDonalds, Starbucks, Nandos, Costa, M&S, The Post Office, Subway, Boots, and on London Transport; to use it, all you need is an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. It also working in shops with an Apple Watch, and you can use the system for in-app payments also if you have an iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3. [Engadget]