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.
Currently Apple Pay is only available to Canucks with American Express cards — not including co-branded AmEx cards like those offered by the Bank of Nova Scotia.
It’s not been revealed exactly how many Canadian retailers will accept Apple Pay, but it has been confirmed that this list will include Tim Hortons, Indigo, McDonald’s, Petro Canada and Staples, while in-app purchases using Apple Pay can be made to companies including Uber, Starbucks, Domino’s, Groupon, Priceline and Beyond the Rack.
If it’s anything like the Apple Pay rollout we’ve seen elsewhere, hopefully other credit card companies will follow soon.
Right now, Apple Pay is continuing to expand around the world, but consumer adoption rates have not yet been significant. Three-quarters of a year after it arrived in the U.S., only 6 percent of American iOS users have reportedly used Apple Pay, according to a report by analysts at Forrester Research.
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Source: Financial Post