Barclays Bringing Apple Pay Support in 2016, Possibly Heralding the Death of Pingit

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Hoorah! Barclays has finally put an end to the frankly ridiculous amount of speculation and false rumours by confirming that it is indeed set to introduce support for Apple Pay.

It's the highest-profile UK bank not to have jumped straight into bed with the Cupertino-branded contactless payments service, which launched on our shores in July.

In an email to a customer, Mike Jobson, Barclays has revealed that it will launch its Apple Pay service in 2016. "We have signed up for ApplePay and will launch it very early in the New Year," wrote Barclays' CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking Ashok Vaswani in a message to Jobson this week. "We truly value your custom and hope that you continue to bank with us particularly since we are launching this shortly."

It's believed that Barclays has taken so long over the decision because of its investment in Pingit, its own mobile payments tool which allows customers to transfer cash via phone numbers. Barclays' Apple Pay plans may lead to the death of its own service.

If you haven't already checked out Apple Pay for yourself, here are our guides on how to set up Apple Pay in the UK and where you can use the service. It's proven popular among iPhone and Apple Watch users, though we're a little more excited by Samsung Pay, which has launched in South Korea and the US, and should be on its way to our shores in the near future. Unlike Apple Pay, which is only compatible with NFC-enabled terminals, Samsung's service plays nicely with mag-stripe swipers too.