Apple Pay confirmed to expand to France, Hong Kong and Switzerland

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 14, 2016

During yesterday’s WWDC 2016 keynote, Apple has confirmed that its mobile payments service is officially launching later this year in France, Hong Kong and Switzerland. Local Apple Pay webpages in these countries have already been refreshed to acknowledge the forthcoming launches in partnerships with Visa, MasterCard and American Express and detail participating banks and merchants. Read More


Apple Pay rumored to be expanding to Switzerland next Monday

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 7, 2016

After launching in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore, Apple Pay is about to make its debut in Switzerland on Monday, June 13, German-language financial outlet Finews reported this morning.

It will reportedly be supported at launch by Swiss private bank Corner Bank but it’s unclear from the report whether major banks UBS and Credit Suisse will work with the service beginning next Monday. Read More


Mark Gurman shares more details about upcoming WWDC announcements, new iPhones, and more

By Sébastien Page on Jun 4, 2016

While in between two jobs, reporter Mark Gurman appeared on the latest episode of The Jay & Farhad Show podcast, where he shared more details about what we might see at WWDC this year, including new iOS features and design tweaks. Gurman also revealed more information about this year and next year’s iPhone models.

While most of Gurman details were already known or rumored for a while, he did also offer information about features we hadn’t heard of until now. Read More


Apple: we’re “working rapidly” to bring Apple Pay to “every significant market”

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2016

Earlier in the week, Apple Pay launched fully in Singapore with five major local banks on board, marking the sixth country where the company’s service is currently accepted as a form of payment.

But that’s just the beginning as Apple’s ultimate goal is to roll out the service to “every significant market” in which the company operates, according to Jennifer Bailey, who was former Netscape executive and now serves as Vice President of Apple Pay. Read More


PayPal is ditching its apps for Windows, BlackBerry and Kindle devices

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2016

PayPal is dropping support for its mobile apps on Windows, BlackBerry and Kindle Fire devices, the online payments firm announced in a blog post. Existing users will be required to upgrade to the latest version of the mobile PayPal app for iOS and Android, which in February received its long-overdue makeover. Starting on June 3 through June 30, those on older versions of the PayPal mobile app must upgrade to the latest version, 6.0. Read More


Apple Pay rolls out fully in Singapore with five major banks on board

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2016

After debuting in Singapore last month with initial support from American Express, Apple Pay today launched fully in the country with five major banks on board. According to Apple’s support document highlighting participating banks and store cards, the following financial institutions in the country support adding credit cards to Apple Pay: DBS, OCBS, POSB, Standard Chartered Bank, United Overseas Bank and American Express. Read More


Future Fitbit devices to gain support for NFC-based contactless payment technology

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Fitbit, which makes fitness accessories, activity trackers and other wearable devices, just acquired payments hardware firm Coin, signaling its intent to enrich its product lineup with contactless payment features. That’s right, your next Fitbit fitness tracker may let you pay for in-store purchases. Read More


Changing your Apple ID credit card info from your Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on May 4, 2016

Not too long ago, we showed you how you can edit your Apple ID payment information from your iOS device, but the same task can also be accomplished from your Mac or PC in a similar number of steps.

Whether you’ve received a new credit card that you want to use, or you wish to change the credit card you have on file for your Apple ID, changing your payment information allows future purchases made through Apple’s online stores, such as the App Store, iBooks Store, or iTunes Store, to be billed to the new credit card you’re adding.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can change your Apple ID payment information from your Mac or PC. Read More


Changing your Apple ID credit card info directly from your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on May 2, 2016

Your Apple ID is used whenever you want to make purchases from one of Apple’s online digital content stores. This includes the App Store, iBooks Store, and iTunes Store.

From time to time, you may switch credit card providers, get a new credit card number, or opt to use a different payment method than the one you’re already using.

It’s easy to change your Apple ID payment information right from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and in this tutorial, our aim is to teach you how. Read More


Apple Pay launches in Singapore with support from Amex, Visa and MasterCard due soon

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

Through launch partnership with American Express, customers in Singapore can now take advantage of Apple’s mobile payment system to pay for goods and services in stores with a touch of their finger. Adding Singapore to the list of countries that support Apple Pay was advertised earlier today on the local Apple Pay website in Singapore.

Local retailers like FairPrice, Starbucks, TopShop, TopMan, StarHub, Shaw Theaters and several others will now take Apple Pay as a form of payment. In the coming months, outlets like 7 Eleven, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Food Republic and Toast Box will roll out support for Apple Pay in the 5.4 million people country. Read More


Watch out, PayPal: Apple Pay is reportedly coming to websites this year

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2016

Apple’s mobile payment solution for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch will be coming to mobile websites later this year, reports Re/code. The technology blog explains that people will be able to pay for goods and services purchased in online stores through the Safari browser on iPhones and iPads that possess Apple’s TouchID fingerprint technology.

Apple Pay is currently supported in physical retail stores and select third-party apps that have elected to implement support for the technology with In-App Purchases, but not on websites. If true, this move will aim Apple Pay squarely at the likes of PayPal, Square and other established online payments service providers. Read More


ExxonMobil implements Apple Pay support within its Speedpass+ app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 8, 2016

Oil giant ExxonMobil is rolling out support for Apple Pay to 6,000 gas stations within its Speedpass+ app for the iPhone and iPad. The in-app feature lets customers pay for fuel at the pump with their iPhone by selecting Apple Pay as a payment option. Availability will reach more than 8,000 Exxon- and Mobil-branded stores by mid-year, said the company. Read More


Google launches experimental hands-free payments app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2016

Hands Free, a new Google app for iOS and Android, allows you to pay for in-store purchases without even pulling a smartphone out of your pocket. The Internet giant said that they’re piloting the new app so for the time being it’s available to South Bay residents.

Those who would test the app shall be treated to up to $5 off their first Hands Free purchase at participating stores, which include a small number of McDonald’s, Papa John’s and local eateries in the area. Read More


Apple Pay allegedly coming to France by year end

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2016

According to French outlet Les Echos, Apple will be bringing its mobile payment solution to France, a 66 million people country, by the end of this year. Citing several sources familiar with the matter, the publication reports that a handful of major French banks and financial institutions are in the process of finalizing talks with Apple on supporting Apple Pay by the end of the year, assuming the two parties will come to terms regarding Apple’s commission on each transaction. Read More


Apple Pay launch in China hits a snag over sign-up issues

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2016

The official launch of Apple Pay in China didn’t go as smoothly as hoped as a lot of users faced problems trying to link their credit cards to their accounts. According to local reports collected by Mashable, Apple may have underestimated the demand from China as its servers struggled to keep up with a huge rush of people trying to sign up for the service. Read More


Apple Pay has officially expanded to China

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2016

In a move that could really help open up the market for Apple Pay, Apple just announced that its mobile payment service has expanded to China, the 1.33 billion people market.

“You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in China, providing an easy, secure, and private way for them to pay using their China UnionPay credit and debit cards,” reads an update on Apple’s portal for developers. Read More


Barclays confirms Apple Pay rollout in late March

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2016

Barclays, a large British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London, has confirmed that it will be rolling out support for Apple Pay sometime in late March.

In an email dated January 12 and sent to customer Oli Foster-Burnell, a copy of which was shared on Twitter and obtained by Engadget, Barclays CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking Ashok Vaswani said they will launch Apple Pay “within the next 60 to 75 days”. Read More


Apple Pay’s China launch could be imminent

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016

In December 2015, Apple officially confirmed plans to roll out its mobile payment service in China in co-operation with UnionPay, as soon as early-2016. Well, here we are in 2016 and a pair of videos discovered by MacRumors gives us a good indication that Apple Pay might be on the verge of launching in the 1.33 billion people market.

The videos show a customer choosing a UnionPay card in Apple Pay and completing a purchase at McDonald’s by holding their iPhone near a QuickPass-enabled Verifone payment terminal. Read More


Apple Pay launches in Australia with Amex

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

After bringing Apple Pay to Canadian users 24 hours ago, the iPhone maker’s mobile payment service is now available Down Under with American Express.

Amex issued card members in Australia can now add their card to Apple Pay using the Wallet application on their iPhone or through Settings. Local bank-issued debit and credit cards are not supported yet.

Using Apple Pay with American Express lets customers enjoy all the rewards and benefits of American Express membership and pay with Apple Pay anywhere contactless payments are already accepted. Read More


UK’s TSB and Tesco Bank now support Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

In addition to adding Canada as the third country where Apple Pay is available (limited to American Express cardholders at launch), availability of Apple’s mobile payments service in the United Kingdom, where Apple Pay launched this summer, increased today with financial institutions TSB and Tesco Bank now supporting the service. This leaves Barclays as the last UK major bank without support for Apple Pay. Read More

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