Apple is expanding its Apple Pay service across the U.S. in a big way.
During the Code Mobile conference held recently, CNET reports that Apple’s Apple Pay Vice President Jennifer Bailey revealed that the company’s relatively new mobile payment service will soon be honored at all of the 7,500 coffee stores owned by Starbucks throughout the U.S. Moreover, Apple has also said that Yum Brand Inc.’s KFC and Brinker International Inc.’s Chili’s are both planning to accept Apple Pay as one of its payment options for diners.
Apple Pay was actually only made available to Apple customers on October 20, 2014. It is a payment system that allows users to make a purchase conveniently though their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini. This payment system has been designed to support various credit and debit cards using payment networks American Express, MasterCard and Visa and it does so while keeping one’s card number private and not even sharing the said information with the online merchant.
Today, there are plenty of retailers, services, resorts, supermarkets and restaurants that accept Apple Pay for payment. These include Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Babies”R”Us, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bloomingdale’s, Champs Sports, Chevron and Texaco retail stores including ExtraMile, Disney Store, Duane Reade, Footaction, Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Macy’s, McDonald’s, Nike, Office Depot, Panera Bread, Petco, RadioShack, RUN by Foot Locker, SIX:02, Sports Authority, SUBWAY, Toys”R”Us, Uber, Lyft, Walt Disney Parks, Groupon, Houzz, Panera Bread, Instacart, Disney Store, Unleashed by Petco, Walgreens, Wegmans and Whole Foods Market.
Meanwhile, Delta Airlines has also recently announced that customers can now also purchase airline tickets using Apple Pay.