Apple Pay has launched today, as confirmed by partners including Visa and mistakenly revealed by HSBC over the weekend.
Barclays was the only bank not to have confirmed its involvement for the UK launch but has today tweeted that it will be joining the service at an unconfirmed date.
We are really excited about the launch of Apple Pay and will bring Barclays debit cards and Barclaycard credit cards to Apple Pay in future.— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK) July 14, 2015
The service launches with the standard spend limit of £20 for most contactless payments. However, Visa has confirmed that its service will allow limitless spend for any vendor that is willing to up the amount, and has upgraded the software used to make the transaction accordingly.
Jeremy Nicholds, executive director of mobile at Visa Europe, said, "Consumer demand for mobile contactless payments combined with the fact that 70% of people in the UK own a smartphone means that the pieces of the puzzle are coming together for a seismic shift from plastic to digital.
"With today’s launch of Apple Pay, it is clear that mobile solutions will fast become a preferred way to store and use a credit or debit card."
It’s not just the major banks that have adopted Apple Pay. Payment start-up iZettle has introduced the technology and spoke to Marketing earlier this year, giving a sneak peek on how the technology will work.