Thursday, 29 October 2015 01:34

Apple Pay coming to Australia in 2015 via American Express

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If you’re in Australia, and you have a compatible iPhone or Apple Watch, and you’re an AMEX customer, Apple Pay is coming before year’s end.

Apple Pay is coming to Australia and Canada in 2015, along with Singapore, Spain and Hong Kong during 2016.

The catch for Australians is that this appears to be via American Express or AMEX only, with no sign as yet of when Visa, MasterCard or local Australian banks will board the Apple Pay bandwagon.

At least Canadians look like Visa compatibility via TD Canada Trust bank is coming due to an accidental leak via TD Canada bank.

The issue in Australia appears to be that Aussie banks pay Visa and Mastercard for tranascations made with those cards and the banks don't want to make additional payments to card and payment service providers suchs as Apple Music. 

The only Apple Pay leaks for Australia happened a few days ago, when AppleTalk Australia forum members noticed select Coles and Woolworths supermarkets were showing up as accepting Apple Pay when that wasn’t yet the case.

The news was announced during Apple’s quarterly results conference call

Until now, Apple Pay has only been available in the US and was recently rolled out to the UK, too.

Apple Pay adoption has reportedly been slowing, but with Apple adding more banks in the US, adding the UK, adding Australia and Canada before year’s end and those other three countries during 2016 - and surely more Apple Pay activity to come, Apple’s Apple Pay pay day will only get bigger and bolder as availability spreads ever more widely across retail and around the globe.

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