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Apple Pay UK launchIT’S HERE: Apple Pay lands in the UK and could transform the way you shop [APPLE ]

Apple’s new payment service, Apple Pay, launches across the UK today and it’s set to transform the way we shop.

Apple Pay uses the popular iPhone device to speed things up at the till, becoming a digital wallet in your pocket.

Daily Star Online was one of the first in the UK to put this speedy payment service to the test and picking up a copy of Britain’s favourite newspaper was totally effortless.

It works by simply placing your iPhone on any contactless reader – you then pick which credit or debit card you want to use and head for the exit.

And don’t panic about security – Apple Pay uses the iPhone’s fingerprint technology to keep all transactions safe.

In fact, Apple say their service is far more secure than current payments as every time you hand over your standard credit or debit card to pay, your card number is visible and some contactless transactions require no form of security at all.

Apple Pay Daily Star newspaperHANDS ON: We buy a copy of the Daily Star with Apple’s new payment service [WAYNE STAR/DAILY STAR]

Online shopping is also getting easier as you can now use Apple Pay to buy products with a single touch within apps.

This eliminates the need for typing in credit card details each time you buy something on the net.

Today’s launch will see over 250,000 shops accepting Apple Pay with major chains including Starbucks, Costa, M&S, McDonald’s, KFC, Pret, Boots, JD Sports, Nando’s, Lidl and Waitrose all adopting this latest tech.

You can also use Apple Pay on the entire London transport network including the tube and buses.

After each spend you’ll get a notification sent directly to the phone so you can keep a track on what you’re spending and all recent transactions can be viewed via the Passbook app.

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And, because Apple Pay is so secure, in the future there will be no limit on how much can be spent using the service.

Most UK banks have already signed up to Apple Pay with Mastercard, American Express, Visa, Lloyds, HSBC, Halifax, TSB, Natwest and RBS all ready to go from today.

Barclays however, have not yet joined the scheme.

If you’re a customer with one of the banks accepting Apple Pay you simply head to the Passbook app and add your cards manually or by a taking a photo of them with the iPhone’s camera.

Sadly, Apple Pay only works in shops with the latest iPhone 6 models, but you can also use the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 whne shopping online.

Apple Pay London undergroundTAP & GO: Apple Pay can be used on the London underground [WAYNE STARR/DAILY STAR ]

“Contactless payments are already widely embraced by millions of cardholders across the country every day”

Jeremy Nicholds, Executive Director of Mobile at Visa Europe

And it’s fully compatible with the firm’s Apple Watch for the ultimate speedy shopping experience.

It’s thought transactions will be 20 seconds faster using Apple Pay and it could help to kill queues overnight.

Jeremy Nicholds, Executive Director of Mobile at Visa Europe said: “Contactless payments are already widely embraced by millions of cardholders across the country every day, so adding the simplicity and convenience of Apple Pay will catapult mobile payments into the mainstream.

“If people leave the house with one item, it’s their mobile phone and we want to give customers a really seamless and exciting new payment experience through Apple Pay.”

For everything you need to know about Apple Pay read our ultimate guide to the service.


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