Apple Pay will expand its reach to new retailers in the U.S. and a new market in Europe this year.
Apple has confirmed that its popular mobile payments service will soon be supported by CVS and 7-11, while Mac and iOS users will be able to use it in Germany this fall.
Mobile payments still haven’t replaced our credit cards for a variety of reasons, but since the launch of Apple Pay in October 2014, they’ve taken off in a big way. Apple’s service, in particular, now boasts millions of users worldwide, and is supported by almost all major retailers.
Two more are about to add support in the U.S.
Apple Pay will be accepted in CVS and 7-11
CVS and 7-11 will soon start taking Apple Pay payments nationwide, Apple has confirmed.
It’s a particularly interesting development after CVS actually blocked Apple Pay on its own NFC payment terminals soon after its launch. The pharmacy hoped to push shoppers toward CurrentC, an alternative mobile payment service that it helped launch with other retailers.
Four years on, it seems CVS has given up on that push and will finally accept Apple Pay in its stores. Apple hasn’t confirmed an exact date for its rollout, but you can expect to see it soon.
Apple Pay will land in Germany
Apple Pay is also expanding to Germany later this year, following its arrival in a number of other European countries, including the U.K. and Spain. It will take the total number of supported Apple Pay markets to 28, but it’s not yet clear which banks will be supported.