Apple Pay UK Launch is Confirmed for July (and Nandos...)

By Gerald Lynch on at

Apple Pay launched late last year in the US, and it proved to be a major success. Sadly it never made it to our fair isles, despite many a rumour that suggested Apple was trying to make Apple Pay UK a reality. Well, Apple's finally turned its attention to our shores, bringing its contactless payment system to Blighty in July.

And yes, the confirmation you'd all been waiting for: Apple Pay will be supported by Nandos.

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As well as the highstreet chicken stop, TfL, the Post Office, Lidl, M&S, Boots, Costa, McDonald's, Waitrose, Wagamama, Pret, Spar, BP, JD Sports, Subway, KFC, Starbucks and more will all be onboard. Paying with a phone sure as hell beats having to pull out your wallet and type in a PIN code, and without Apple Pay the iPhone 6's NFC just sits around taking up space.

Almost all major UK banks are supporting the service, including RBS, NatWest, American Express, MasterCard, Nationwide, Halifax, HSBC, First Direct, Ulster Bank and Santander. However, there was no sign of Barclays during the WWDC event, being the only big omission at present -- we'll keep you posted on that as soon as we hear confirmation one way or the other.

You'll be able to use Apple Pay on an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 -- anything with fingerprint scanner, basically.