Meanwhile, the UAE becomes the first Middle Eastern nation to support Apple Pay. This is particularly compelling in cases where cards themselves have not been enabled with contactless/NFC payment technology. You can also use Apple Pay in Safari on any Mac introduced in or after 2012 running macOS Sierra and confirm the payment with iPhone 6 or later or Apple Watch, or with Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro. Once the account is set up, users can make credit or debit payments with their Apple devices, using fingerprints or passwords as proof of identity.
Apple Pay's "list" of participating banks is extremely short across the Scandinavian region, merely including Nordea and ST1 in both Sweden and Finland, as well as Denmark's local Nordea branch and Jyske Bank.
Supermarket chain Albertsons, for example, announced Monday that it's started accepting Apple Pay.
Apple Pay is now at more than 50 percent of all retail locations in the USA, including 67 of the top 100 United States retailers. "Wirecard's integration with Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay provides a more holistic payment experience to a greater segment of the population and further moves the industry toward a future that is borderless, safe from intrusion, and inclusive to all". Now banks and financial institutions in a total of 20 countries support Apple's secure payment system.
Apple is filling a gap in mobile payment services when they went live on Tuesday, because previously, the only similar contactless payment-by-device service was available on Android devices, according to Kauppalehti.