Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 can use Apple Pay online but not in stores

When Apple lifted the lid on the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, it announced that the two new iPads could take advantage of the Cupertino firm’s new mobile payments service Apple Pay. However, Apple has confirmed that the two new tablets can only make online payments using the payment service and not pay for stuff in stores.

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The screenshot you see above was taken from Apple‘s website. It does reveal that the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 supports Apple Pay, but not entirely. It will allow you to make purchases online, but it won’t allow you to “tap-to-pay.” This suggests that the NFC chip on board the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is not on board the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.

Currently, Apple Pay can be used by iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners, but only in the US. It is said to launch in the UK next year.

With the new iPads presumed to not sport an NFC chip but allow online Apple Pay purchases, this opens up another question. Will earlier devices with with Touch ID such as the Apple iPhone 5S be allowed to purchase stuff online using Apple Pay? This is still unclear, but we’re guessing more information on this will be revealed soon.

Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

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