Last week on Thursday Apple announced its latest products including the new iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, Retina iMac and the OSX Yosemite. Aside from all that Apple also announced that their Apple Pay online payment feature will be launched today, October 20. The new payment service should mean a new way of paying online and in-store, using a NFC technology and an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In order to purchase things over the internet you simply press a button on the Touch ID sensor. The new Apple Pay service will be made available on the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3 and the upcoming Apple Watch (which should come out sometime in the first part of 2015).
Apple made the announcement about the Apple Pay service on Thursday when it also listed the names of the retail brands that accepted to be a part of their new payment system. The list includes big names like McDonald’s, Whole Foods, Macy’s, Texaco, Duane Reed and many others. In addition to these retailers, Apple also announced 23 store brands where the Apple Pay is accepted, like Starbucks and Staples. The Apple Pay works with the Passport app found on Apple devices, enabled by iOs 8.1. A free version of the updated iOs 8 will be made available later today.
If you want to buy from Starbucks using the Apple Pay you need to load money from a card that is already stored on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and load it onto a Starbucks card that was previously stored in your phone. This will allow you to buy coffee from a Starbucks terminal that has a QR scanner.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO is pretty confident about their new payment system saying that, “We believe Apple Pay is going to be huge. It’s going to change the way we pay for things. The journey begins [Monday] and we can’t wait.”
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