Starbucks fans rejoice! The popular coffee chain will soon support Apple Pay. Jennifer Bailey, the head of Apple’s mobile payment arm, broke the news Thursday onstage at the Code/Mobile conference, telling Recode’s Ina Fried that the launch is planned for early next year.

Note that this will be different than the current implementation of Apple Pay in the Starbucks app, which only really allows you to re-fill your Starbucks Card. In-store support of the payments service will allow users to pay for their coffee using their iPhone or Apple Watch.

Bailey wouldn’t say whether or not paying with Apple Pay at Starbucks will score you loyalty points, but she did confirm that a few other retailers will also be integrating with Apple Pay in 2016—specifically fast food restaurant KFC and the popular family sit down chain Chili’s.

“[KFC] has a special place in my heart — it was my first job ever,” Bailey said. “We’re seeing a lot of support for quick-service restaurants with a need for fast payment.” And for sit-down places, she posits that services like Apple Pay may eventually cut down the need for servers.

Source: Recode

  • Daniel Brown

    Huh? Starbucks and KFC already support Apple Pay in the UK….. Saying that, I’ve found that if a retailer accepts contactless payment, I’ve been able to pay with my iPhone or Apple Watch every single time no matter what retailer I shop at

  • Out5poken

    Yeah, im confused too- must be a stateside thing, as ive also been using apple pay everywhere inc Starbucks.

    • omakad

      yeah it is, I was surprised the other day when I tried to pay for SB with Apple Pay and they said no go. This was in Atlanta, GA.

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Here it works every places with contactless though. There’s not really a official support by the retailers required.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah in my area of the states all the startbucks have it. At lest the ones ive gone to.

  • I know Starbucks accepts the Starbucks cards through the Wallet app, but not actually ‘Apple Pay’. May be different internationally.

  • Blip dude

    So in other words, they are accepting contactless payments then??

    “And for sit-down places, she posits that services like Apple Pay may eventually cut down the need for servers.”

    Well, I guess that day is coming pretty faster than I initially thought.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    I lol at the people waiting in the long half hour line every time I step in just to get my drink and step out. Mobile order is a gift from above.

  • Jerry

    Been waiting on dunkin donuts