Southwest Airlines customers can now pay with Apple Pay


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Another way to make your journey a bit easier.
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Apple Pay users flying Southwest Airlines can now use Apple’s mobile payments service for their travels. Customers can use Apple Pay to pay for tickets as well as ancillary services, such as meals, during flights.

“Providing modern digital payment solutions to our Customers is critical,” said Christopher Priebe of Southwest Airlines. “The launch of Apple Pay enhances our ability to sell flights, as well as ancillary products using one of the most widely-used digital wallets in North America.”

Apple sees ‘long-term potential’ in cryptocurrencies


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An Apple Coin? Don't rule it out.
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Could an Apple cryptocurrency be coming? While it doesn’t sound like it’s on the immediate horizon, Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey recently suggested it’s not totally off the table.

It would fit with Apple’s growing embrace of financial services. The company got into mobile payments with Apple Pay in 2014 and released the Apple Card this year. Now, Cupertino appears to be taking a wait-and-see approach on cryptocurrencies.

U.S. is still lagging behind other countries on mobile payments


There are deals to had this summer if you just use Apple Pay.
Apple Pay is still leading the mobile payment pack, though.
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Tim Cook has previously expressed his surprise at how slow mobile payments are growing in the U.S.

It seems that he’s not wrong, either. A new report shows that the United States is lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to adopting mobile payments. Although Apple Pay is actually doing pretty well compared to its rivals.

Apple Card adds new rewards as it becomes available to all (in the US)


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Sign up for yours today.
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Apple Card is now available to all iPhone users in the United States.

You can sign up for yours through the Wallet app. Users will enjoy 2% daily cash back on Apple Pay transactions, and 3% daily cash back on purchases made directly from Apple.

As the Apple credit card launched Tuesday, Cupertino also expanded its 3% daily cash back offer to include Uber and Uber Eats.

Apple will donate to US National Parks for Apple Store purchases


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Apple pays $10 for every Apple Pay purchase you make from, well, Apple.
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Apple will make a $10 donation to the National Park Foundation for every Apple Pay purchase in the Apple Store.

The charitable donation program runs through this week, concluding on Sunday, August 25. It covers purchases made via both Apple’s online and physical retail stores.

How to get free McDonald’s fries using your iPhone


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Mmmm, feeling hungry?
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Tomorrow is National French Fry Day and McDonald’s is celebrating by giving away these golden delicious treats every Friday for the rest of July. The fast-food chain has partnered with Apple Pay on this promotion so you’ll need to make the purchase with your iPhone.

Octopus transit cards coming to Apple Pay in Hong Kong


It will probably come with iOS 13.
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Apple fans in Hong Kong will soon be able to add their Octopus transit cards to Apple Pay.

Support is “coming soon,” Octopus Cards Limited confirmed this week. It will allow you to use your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for journeys and more with your transit card.

Apple Pay arrives in Greece, Portugal, and other new countries


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Apple Pay continues its international rollout.
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Update: Apple Pay launched in a total of 13 markets today. The full list includes Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, and Slovakia.

Apple Pay has debuted in four new countries. The mobile payment service is now live in Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Portugal.

Apple has said that Apple Pay will be supported in 40 countries by the end of 2019. This marks yet another step toward that goal.