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Apple Pay Adds Financial Institutions in US, UK, Italy, Russia, & China

Apple Pay has added numerous new banks and credit unions to its support rolls in the US, UK, Italy, Russia, and China.

Apple Pay Adds Financial Institutions in US, UK, Italy, Russia, & China

The new financial institutions in the U.S. include:

  • Almena State Bank
  • American Bank & TrustCompany N.A.
  • Associated SchoolEmployees Credit Union
  • Bank of Star Valley
  • Bofl Federal Bank
  • Caprock Federal Credit Union
  • Central Bank (AR)
  • Central National Bank ofPoteau
  • City First Bank
  • Continential Finance Co.
  • Evolve Bank & Trust
  • Farmers State Bank (NE)
  • Farmers State Bank (TX)
  • Fifth District Savings Bank
  • Fire Police City CountyFederal Credit Union
  • First National Bank & TrustCompany of Weatherford
  • First Oklahoma Bank
  • Fond du Lac Credit Union
  • Kansas State UniversityFederal Credit Union
  • Liberty Bank
  • MidWestOne Bank
  • Revere Municipal EmployeesFederal Credit Union
  • Security First Bank
  • Security State Bank
  • Stone Bank
  • UBI Federal Credit Union
  • WesBanco Bank Inc.

International additions are:

  • AIB in Ireland
  • American Express in Italy
  • bank Round, Beeline Card, Credit Union, Kykyryza, and Promsvyazbank in Russia
  • Starling Bank in the UK
  • Guilin Bank, Hunan Rural Credit Cooperative, JinCheng Bank, Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank, Sichuan Rural Credit Union, SiChuan TianFu Bank, and Yibin City Commercial Bank in China

Adding Your Credit or Debit Card to Apple Pay

Users can add their credit or debit card to Apple Pay, by doing the following:

  • iPhone users running iOS 10 can go to the Wallet app and tap the “+” icon in the upper right-hand corner to begin, and then just follow the prompts. Users of iPads with Touch ID can add a card to the service to use in apps by going into “Settings” -> “Wallet & Apple Pay” to add a card there.
  • Apple Watch users will need to enter the Watch app on their iPhone, Tap on the “Wallet & Apple Pay” option, and then tap the “Add Credit or Debit Card” option.

Apple Pay will boast a new set of features when iOS 11 and watchOS 4 are released to the public later this year.

A new “Person to Person” payment feature will allow users to send money to friends and family via iMessage.

Apple Pay Cash is a virtual debit card that accessible in the Wallet app, and will hold the money received via Person to Person electronic transfers. The money can be withdrawn to your bank account or used to make payment for goods and services at retailers that accept Apple Pay.

(List via 9to5Mac)

Apple Pay Expanding to AIB in Ireland, CaixaBank in Spain, and Other Banks in UK, France, and Italy

Apple Pay continues its global expansion today with several new participating banks, and more coming soon, in France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, and the UK.


In France, Apple says Apple Pay will be available later this year to Banque BCP and Arkéa Banque Privée customers, and through mobile-only banking and/or payment solutions Orange Bank, Lydia, and N26.

In Italy, as promised, Apple Pay is available now for American Express credit cards issued directly by American Express.

In Ireland, Apple Pay is available now at AIB, one of the so-called "Big Four" financial institutions in the country.


In Spain, Apple says Apple Pay will be available later this year at CaixaBank and mobile-only banking app imaginBank. Visa in general will also begin supporting Apple Pay in Spain by the end of the year.

In the UK, Apple Pay is now supported by mobile-only banking app Starling Bank.

Earlier this month, Apple announced several other new and forthcoming banks with Apple Pay support in France, Italy, and Spain. Apple maintains a complete list of Apple Pay participating banks in Europe on its website.

Update: Canadian bank Tangerine says its debit cards now work with Apple Pay following credit card support last year. (Thanks, Chris!)

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Subway Testing Self-Ordering Kiosks With Apple Pay as Payment Option

Subway is currently testing a new restaurant design that features self-order kiosks that offer Apple Pay as a payment option. Customers will be able to order before they walk through the door – paying with Apple’s mobile payments solution via the Subway app – and pick up their order as soon as they walk through the door.

Subway Testing Self-Ordering Kiosks With Apple Pay as Payment Option

Subway’s test locations will offer self-order kiosks, offering both Apple Pay and Samsung Pay as payment options. Once the customer’s order is complete they’ll be able to pick it up at a dedicated pick-up spot in the restaurant.

Currently, the new ordering system is available at 12 “Fresh Forward” pilot locations open today in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.: Tamarac, FLOrlando, FL (2); Winter Park, FLChula Vista, CAKnoxville, TNPalmview, TXHillsboro, ORVancouver, WABeauport, QCGranby, QC; and Manchester, U.K.

Highlights of the redesigned Subway’s include:

  • Digital: Self-order kiosks in select locations, digital menu boards and, as always, Apple and Samsung Pay options. Guests enjoy a speedy Subway® experience with a separate food preparation area and a designated pre-order pick-up location for kiosk, mobile app, delivery, catering and bot for Messenger orders.
  • Food: Fresh veggie display with whole tomatoes, green peppers, onions and cucumbers that are sliced daily, plus new bread and cookie displays on the front of the line. Subway® Fresh Forward restaurants also include new menu items, starting with pico de gallo, new sauces, house-made pickles, and made-without-gluten bread.
  • Dine-In Experience: Bright and playful décor, curated music, and comfortable seating with USB charging ports and complimentary Wi-Fi create a welcoming environment.

Subway Testing Self-Ordering Kiosks With Apple Pay as Payment Option

Subway didn’t offer a firm date for rolling out the new store concept to the rest of its chain of over 44,800 franchised sandwich shops, merely saying many elements of the new brand identity will be worldwide by the end of 2017.

Subway Refreshing Store Designs With Self-Order Kiosks That Support Apple Pay

Subway today unveiled an all-new "fresh forward" redesign coming to 12 pilot locations at its restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which includes self-order kiosks in select locations that support checking out via Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Subway has long supported Apple Pay as a payments option during the traditional check-out process in its restaurants.

The new kiosks will allow customers to browse Subway's full menu, craft their sandwich order, and then check out with a credit card, debit card, Apple Pay, or Samsung Pay.


There will be a designated food preparation and pick-up area for orders made through the new kiosks, on the Subway mobile app, and with Facebook Messenger's Subway chatbot. The company said that this will help speed up food preparation time for both digital orders and for customers waiting in the basic check-out line.
Digital: Self-order kiosks in select locations, digital menu boards and, as always, Apple and Samsung Pay options. Guests enjoy a speedy Subway® experience with a separate food preparation area and a designated pre-order pick-up location for kiosk, mobile app, delivery, catering and bot for Messenger orders.
The Subway redesign will also include dining areas with USB charging ports so customers can fuel up their smartphones and tablets while they eat, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, menu changes, and new decor.

The "fresh forward" Subway design is launching today at the following locations: Tamarac, FL; Orlando, FL (2 locations); Winter Park, FL; Chula Vista, CA; Knoxville, TN; Palmview, TX; Hillsboro, OR; Vancouver, WA; Beauport, QC; Granby, QC; and Manchester, U.K.

Subway said that, "Many elements of the new brand identity will be worldwide by the end of 2017."

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Apple launches major Apple Pay promotion in China to gain market share

Apple today launched a large-scale Apple Pay promotion in China, offering various discounts and rewards to customers who would use Apple Pay between July 18 and July 24 to make purchases in participating merchants across mainland China.

Billed as the largest Apple Pay promotion to date in the 1.33 billion people country, it offers discounts of up to 50 percent and as much as 50 times the usual number of reward points for credit cards, with 17 Chinese banks offering 50 times the reward points accrued when transactions are made using credit cards registered with Apple Pay.

Apple’s website lists 28 retail locations that are participating in the promotion, including international brands such as 7-Eleven, Watsons, Burger King, Starbucks and more.

JD.com along with an additional fifteen online merchants are part of the promo, too.

Apple Pay launched in China in February of last year.

“I am happy to see that Apple finally has decided to do something to gain market share in China,” IDC China’s managing director Kitty Fok told South China Morning Post.

According to research firm Analysys, Chinese mobile payment market is dominated by Alibaba and Tencent, whose Alipay and WeChat Pay held respective 53.7 percent and 39.5 percent of the market as of the first quarter of 2017.

Alipay and WeChat Pay also offer various cash rebates or discounts now and then.


"Apple launches major Apple Pay promotion in China to gain market share" is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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