Apple Pay to be available in the UK within months

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users in the UK will soon be able to use Apple Pay

UK users of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will soon be able to make contactless payments using their mobile phone, with Apple set to announce the UK availability of its Apple Pay mobile wallet, according to reports.

Apple Pay allows users to make payments by scanning their iPhones over contactless readers. The service was launched to iPhone users in the US in November 2014 and quickly gained popularity. 

In its first month of availability, the technology was responsible for 1% of digital payments in the country. By comparison, Google Wallet, which was launched in 2011, accounted for only 4% of payments in its first month, according to the ITG Mobile Payments report.

The UK launch of Apple Pay has been expected, while an Apple job listing in December 2014 revealed the tech giant’s plans to expand the service beyond the US. 

The listing, which was later removed, mentioned plans to expand the service across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (Emeia). It said a London-based Apple Pay team would lead this expansion.

The advert said: “The London-based Apple Pay team will work to drive the roll-out of this technology across Emeia by working with a variety of internal and external partners, including teams in the US where the product will first launch and the Emeia organisation, as well as issuers, payment networks and merchants across Europe.

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“To accompany us on this journey, we are looking for a highly enthusiastic and energetic support intern to drive our business development activities, specifically to support the execution of multiple non-disclosure agreements and contracts with third-party partners.”

Despite the fanfare, Apple Pay is not without its teething problems. According to a report in April 2015, the app had been adopted by 11% of all credit card-owning households and 66% of iPhone 6 users in the US since its launch, but two-thirds of users reported problems at checkout.

Further, security supplier recently revealed a potential security weakness. The potential social engineering attack was created in a lab by security supplier Wandera, which revealed the method that enables hackers to create a fake page that pops up on a user’s phone requesting details, including the security code.


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