Barclays has confirmed it will not rollout Apple Pay to its customers until 2016. It is the first time the bank has given a firm date for the launch for the mobile payments service.
In an email to Mike Jobson, a customer asking about its plans, Barclays’ retail banking chief Ashok Vaswani said: “We have signed up for ApplePay [sic] and will launch it very early in the New Year.
"We truly value your custom and hope that you continue to bank with us, particularly since we are launching this shortly.”
Rumours suggested that Barclays might launch Apple Pay for its customers by the end of the year.
Jobson contacted the bank to complain about Barclays’ slow response to Apple Pay, claiming that many customers were willing to switch banks after it failed to launch on the service when it initially arrived in the UK in July.
There was also no sign of Barclays on the platform during a second wave of tie–ups in September.
Barclays is the only major UK bank not to support Apple Pay.
Earlier this year, Barclays suggested that a tie–up with Apple Pay was imminent.
However, it appears that a commitment to pushing its own bPay mobile payment system has left customers in the lurch and facing a longer wait than expected.