According to a leaked internal letter obtained by MacRumors, Apple Pay may be launched on the 18th of October in the US. Apple Pay makes use of the NFC chip within the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Previous reports claimed that Apple Pay would be launched in the US on the 20th of October, but if the internal letter (screenshot below) is anything to go by it will be launched on the 18th of the month.
The letter you see above is from Walgreens, and online pharmacy in the US. It prepares workers to address questions from customers inquiring about how to use Apple Pay with their products. The letter also reveals that customers would have to tap the “upper portion of the pin pad” on their iPhone 6. Unfortunately, details are rather scarce, since Walgreen employees already know how to explain to customers on how to use Google Wallet, which has been used to pay for stuff in their store for years now.
Other than allowing customers in the US to pay for stuff using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay will also be used to further promote the store. Part of the memo reads that the service will “reinforce [Walgreens’] position as a leader an [sic] innovator in the mobile world.”
The Apple iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 is also said to be able to take advantage of Apple Pay, as the upcoming iPads are rumoured to come with NFC. Apple is expected to lift the lid on its new iPads on the 16th of October.
According to reports, Apple Pay won’t be available in the UK until next year.
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