Barclays has finally begun offering support for Apple Pay, allowing customers to set up their iPhones to pay for goods via contactless terminals.
Support had been expected to begin March but the firm missed this deadline, without any clear reason. However, it is now live, suggesting the firm was not far off from its initial plans, perhaps just through last minutes checks.
Apple Pay works with iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and Apple Watch when paying in shops while when paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and both iPad Pro models.
@BarclaysUK Took your time guys!! Been waiting ages. Can't wait to get going with it. ⌚️👍🏻— Marc Gilfoyle (@marcgilfoyle) 5 April 2016
Ashok Vaswani, Barclays CEO said the bank was pleased to know start offering customers access to Apple Pay.
"We are passionate about helping customers access services and carry out their day to day transactions in the way that suits them. As part of this, we have developed a range of digital innovations that allow people to choose how, when and where they bank and make payments," he said.
"Adding to the existing choice, from today both Barclays debit and Barclaycard credit card customers can use Apple Pay to make payments with their Apple device across the UK."
Apple Pay has a limit of £30 when used via contactless terminals, the same as cards, and the setup process involves entering the information on your card, or taking a photo of the front, and entering a verification code.
Barclays wil no doubt expect customers to adopt the technology quickly, noting that spending via contactless cards rose more than three-fold in 2015, with 140 million contactless transactions in December alone – one 52 every second.
Despite the arrival of Apple Pay some Barclays customers were already on at the bank about other functionality they believe the firm is missing on Apple devices.
@BarclaysUK if you could now get touchID working on the app that would be great. It's been around for couple years so your timing is good— Ashley Moat (@ashleymoat1989) 5 April 2016
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