EU may force Apple to open contactless payment tech to rival services

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At least, if the European Union laws are as expected.
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Apple Pay may wind up being just one of several mobile payments services available on the iPhone if the European Union gets its way, Bloomberg reported Friday.

The report claims that the EU is weighing up new rules that would compel companies like Apple to open up the NFC (Near Field Communication) tech in its smartphones and watches to rival players. That could mean that Apple Pay isn’t the only option for customers who want to pay for products with their Apple device.

Apple Pay Express Transit now works on Metro in Washington, D.C.

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Add your SmarTrip cards to the Wallet app today.
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Apple Pay with Express Transit is now available to commuters on the Metro transit system in Washington, D.C. Riders can add existing SmarTrip cards to their Wallet on iPhone and use it anywhere SmarTrip cards are accepted.

They also can use regional transit cards to pay for Metro trains, buses and regional transit lines.

Apple Pay goes live with Switzerland’s largest bank

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UBS has been talking with Apple over Apple Pay since 2016.
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Switzerland’s biggest bank, UBS, has finally embraced Apple Pay, the bank revealed Wednesday. The bank announced Apple Pay support as “coming soon” back in April. However, it has taken another few months for that to promise to come to fruition.

Customers of the bank can start using Apple Pay today for both credit cards and pre-paid cards.

Apple Pay customers can get 50% off Snapfish photo books and cards

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Apple Pay's latest summer offer.
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The latest Apple Pay summer offer promises customers half off the cost of Snapfish photo books, cards, and more — so long as they pay for their purchase using Apple’s mobile payments service and a special code.

Snapfish is a web-based photo-printing service that lets users upload images and have them printed out as photo albums, greetings cards, and the like. The latest Apple Pay deal (one of the best yet) gives customers 50% off purchases through July 15.

iOS 14 could allow Apple Pay users to pay up by scanning QR codes or barcodes

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iOS 14 will allow users to make payments using QR codes with Apple Pay, a hidden feature in the Wallet app discovered by 9to5Mac suggests.

While the feature isn’t functional yet, it will allow users to point their iPhone camera at a QR code or barcode in order to pay bills. Apple didn’t make any mention of it at WWDC 2020, but that could potentially be transformative for scan-as-you-go shopping and other scenarios.

Apple Pay summer deals offer savings on everything from burgers to luxury goods

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Here's what you need to know to start making savings.
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Apple’s latest round of Apple Pay promotions offers a variety of summer-themed discounts in assorted apps and online retail stores. Apple and partners are offering up to 20% off at a variety of retailers, selling everything from sportswear to sunglasses. Oh, there’s a $1 whopper at Burger King, too.

Check out the full list of Apple Pay summer offers below.

Father’s Day special: Get 20% off Fanatics sports apparel courtesy of Apple Pay

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Perfect for the sports-loving dad in your life!
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Sports merchandise online store Fanatics is offering customers in the U.S. a 20% on selected goods so long as they buy them using Apple Pay. The special offer, the latest example of Apple partnering with a retailer for an Apple Pay promotion, is being marketed as a Father’s Day special offer.

Father’s Day 2020 falls on Sunday, June 21. The offer, however, is valid only through 11.59pm EST on June 19. That means that you’ll need to get a bit organized, rather than just settling for the “buy dad a last minute gift the night before” act.