Apple Pay says ‘G’day’ to Australia

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Apple Pay finally an option for digital purchases.
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Apple Pay has finally made its way to iPhone and Apple Watch users in the Land Down Under, but only if they’re using American Express.

One day after the mobile payments service launched in Canada, Apple has flipped the switch for Apple Pay in Australia, allowing iOS device owners to make payments at any retailer that accepts Amex contactless payments.

Here are some of the stores participating in the launch:

  • David Jones
  • Myer
  • McDonald’s
  • K-Mart
  • Harvey Norman
  • Telstra
  • Coles
  • Woolworths
  • Target
  • Harris Farm
  • Starbucks
  • Officeworks
  • Hoyts
  • Zara
  • Bunnings
  • Shell
    • Online retailers like Kogan will also accept Apple Pay starting today. Amex currently has about 17 per cent market share in credit cards in Australia, with 6.8 million cards in circulation. Only cards issues directly by Amex will be eligible for use with Apple Pay.

      More banks and cards will start supporting Apple Pay in Australia soon. The service is expected to launch next in Spain, Hong Kong and Singapore in early 2016.

      Source: Sydney Morning Herald