Apple Pay gets UK Launch Date

By Tim Maytom

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Apple Pay, the company’s contactless mobile payments solution, looks set to launch in the UK on 14 July, with support for the system available in several retailers along with Apple’s own stores.

According to 9to5Mac, sources at multiple retailers have confirmed the date, with internal memos from Waitrose and another retail partner indicating that the system will launch nationwide next week.

Apple has already begun enabling mobile point of sale systems in its own stores, and preparing promotional materials to support the launch, while staff at UK stores will receive training on supporting Apple Pay on 12 July.

In line with other contactless pay solutions, there will be a £20 cap per transaction for the time being, although there are strong indications that this will rise to £30 sometime in the autumn, and Apple Pay will almost certainly rise to match this.

The UK launch was announced at this year’s WWDC, and marks the first step outside the US for the mobile payments system, likely chosen because of the maturity of the UK’s smartphone market and widespread adoption of contactless payments. Apple is reportedly preparing to bring the service to Canada later this year, and is also working on adding …read more

Source:: Mobile App News