Australia won’t let banks gang up on Apple Pay

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Apple Pay is awesome, but where do they accept it?
Apple gets its way down under.
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission won’t let banks team up to bargain with Cupertino over Apple Pay fees.

Three of the country’s four major banks applied to negotiate with Apple together, and potentially boycott the wireless payments service if no deal was reached. Now that the banks’ request has been denied by the ACCC, they’ll be forced to work out individual agreements over Apple Pay.

Apple may have found perfect spot for its flagship Melbourne store

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Federation Square in Melbourne.
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Apple is reportedly planning to open a new flagship Australian retail store in Federation Square, Melbourne.

According to a new report, Apple is currently negotiating to replace an existing “deconstructivist” metal building in the square with a $50 million glass structure, which sounds reminiscent of Apple’s iconic Fifth Avenue store.

ANZ’s hilarious Apple Pay ad is better than Apple’s

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Apple Pay is simply amazing.
Apple Pay is simply amazing.
Photo: ANZ Australia

Using Apple Pay to buy stuff feels like magic every time. Apple’s official ads don’t really portray how awestruck people are when I bust out my iPhone or Apple Watch to buy a Red Bull, but a bank in Australia has captured the moment perfectly.

ANZ’s funny Apple Pay ad is super and simple and just shows a regular guy buying a carton of milk from an Australian version of Seth Rogen. Not much happens, but the wave of utter amazement and disbelief that hits everyone in the store when the guy taps the counter with his iPhone is something you’ve got to see.

Check it out:

Australia welcomes Android Pay, despite Apple Pay snub

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Australia says g'day to Android Pay, still won't put a shrimp on the barbie for Apple Pay.
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Australian banks including Westpac, ANZ and Macquarie have announced that they will soon accept contactless payments made via Android Pay — although would-be Apple Pay customers are still being left out in the cold.

The reason? Banks still aren’t happy with Apple’s terms for its mobile payments solution, and showing that they are willing to accept Android Pay is a way of forcing a better deal with Apple.

Australian banks accused of freezing out Apple Pay

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Australian banks aren't ready to hop on the Apple Pay bandwagon yet.
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Australia may recently have said “G’day” to Apple Pay, but when it comes to the country’s overall embrace of Apple’s NFC payment platform, well, let’s just say that a few more shrimps could be tossed on the proverbial barbie.

That’s because, despite now being available to Amex customers Down Under, Australia’s Reserve Bank is being pushed to examine anti-competitive behavior due to Australia’s major banks allegedly freezing out Apple Pay — and thereby denying choice to customers in terms of digital payments.

Apple Pay goes live in Canada, coming soon to Australia

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Apple Pay is awesome, but where do they accept it?
Apple Pay is continuing its worldwide rollout.
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Apple Pay launches in Canada today — making the country of Tim Hortons, hockey and maple syrup the third place in the world to receive Apple’s mobile payments technology, following the U.S. and United Kingdom.

Apple has also announced that the service is set to launch in Australia later this week, although a specific day has not been confirmed.

A savvy Apple fan has sent a robot to queue for her iPhone 6s

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It certainly beats sitting out in the cold.
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People are already camping out for the iPhone 6s, but one smart would-be customer from Australia has decided to dodge the queues — by sending a robot on her behalf.

Lucy Kelly dispatched the robot — a remote-controlled tablet attached to a Segway — to wait in line at the flagship Apple Store in Sydney, where the iPhone 6s will go on sale ahead of the rest of the world. It gives her the ability to join in the fun of waiting alongside eager Apple fans, without the negative part of standing around for hours in the cold.

Now why didn’t we think of that?