Apple Pay appears to have made another stepped towards launching in the UK, after the Cupertino company posted a job listing for an intern to work as part of a dedicated team based in London.
In the ad, Apple said, “Apple Pay is a new and exciting area in Apple that is set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa.
“The new London-based Apple Pay team will work to drive the roll-out of this technology across EMEIA by working with a variety of internal and external partners.”
Apple has pulled the ad from its site, but its move has set tongues wagging about when Apple Pay will launch on these shores. In the past, it has been vague about an exact date, only saying it was “working hard” to bring the system to countries outside the U.S.
Visa has said that Apple Pay was likely to launch in Europe in 2015. Apple will need to secure deals with credit card companies and banks before any such move can happen.
The NFC–based system has proved a hit across the pond, causing a surge in contactless payments and greater interest in rival services such as Google Wallet.