It has been finally confirmed that Apple Pay will be rolling out to users in the United Kingdom.
Announced in the recently held Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple Pay will be available in more than 250,000 locations in the U.K. This number is more than those in the U.S. upon its initial launch last year.
Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s Vice President for Online Stores, said that 70% of the credit and debit cards in the U.K. will be supporting it.
This is the first country to accept Apple Pay outside the U.S., according to The Guardian.
Apple Pay Features
A key feature of Apple Pay is ‘tokenisation.’ This is an added security measure to make sure that card details of the users are not passed on to the retailers. The details are never stored in Apple’s servers.
Users of the latest iPhones and Apple Watches will be able to pay via contactless system through the Near Field Communication technology. No need to open apps. A small vibration will indicate the payment was successful.
In the U.S., 40% of iPhone 6 users have used Apple Pay at least once, according to Auriemma Consulting, published in the same The Guardian report.
Apple Pay will be available in the U.K. in July.