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Apple Pay: HSBC and First Direct now on board

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Apple Pay: HSBC and First Direct now on board

Apple Pay now supports cards from HSBC and First Direct, two weeks after the mobile payment system went live in the UK.

Both banks were initially billed as launch partners by Apple. However, neither were available from July 14th, provoking the ire of customers on social media.

With that matter now rectified, Apple says Halifax, Bank of Scotland, M&S Bank, Lloyds and TSB will be the next banks to offer Apple Pay support. They are expected to be added in the autumn.

Barclays has said that it will offer Apple Pay imminently, but has not given a firm date.

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Nor is the bank listed in the ‘Coming Soon’ section of Apple’s official Apple Pay website. It had been assumed that Barclays proprietary forays into contactless payments with its bPay system might prevent it from offering Apple Pay to its customers.

Apple Pay appears to have enjoyed a solid start in the UK. Teething issues on the London Tube and bus network were reported, but the service has not suffered any major setbacks in its first two weeks.

Rival platform Samsung Pay is expected to be detailed at a special event on August 13th, with Google’s own service due on Android handsets later this year.

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