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Apple has unveiled its latest innovation in the world of mobile payments with the introduction of Tap to Pay on iPhone in Australia. This feature allows independent sellers, small merchants, and large retailers throughout the country to utilize their iPhones as convenient and secure payment terminals.
Tap to Pay on iPhone was initially introduced in February 2022, enabling compatible iPhones to accept payments seamlessly via Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, as well as other digital wallets. The best part? No additional hardware or credit card machine is required, simplifying the payment process for businesses.
Using NFC technology, Tap to Pay on iPhone ensures secure authentication of contactless payments. The feature also supports PIN entry, including accessibility options, enhancing its usability for a wide range of users.
Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s Vice President of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, expressed enthusiasm about this groundbreaking development: “Australia is a nation of entrepreneurs and innovators, and small and medium-sized businesses are at the heart of the country’s workforce, employing millions of Australians. Now, with Tap to Pay on iPhone, it’s easier than ever for businesses of any size to seamlessly accept contactless payments using only their iPhone, wherever they do business. The convenience of Tap to Pay on iPhone empowers Australian businesses to offer easy, secure, and private contactless payment experiences to their customers, helping them run and grow their business.”
Westpac and Tyro Payments have been announced as the initial payment platforms in Australia supporting Tap to Pay for their business customers. Apple plans to collaborate with additional payment platforms and apps, including ANZ Worldline Payment Solutions, Stripe, Till Payments, and Zeller, in the coming months to expand the availability of this secure and convenient capability.
To utilize Tap to Pay on iPhone, businesses will need iPhone XS or newer models. For customers, the process is as simple as any regular Apple Pay transaction. Sellers open the app, register the sale, and present their iPhone to the buyer, who can then complete the payment using a compatible contactless payment method.
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The availability of Tap to Pay on iPhone has also extended to over 700,000 additional businesses across the United States. Apple Stores in the U.S. have embraced this feature, highlighting its success and positive impact. Australia becomes the third region to support Tap to Pay, following its recent rollout in Taiwan.
With the introduction of Tap to Pay on iPhone, Apple continues to revolutionize the way businesses process payments, offering convenience, security, and efficiency in a single device. This latest innovation ensures that Australian businesses, regardless of their size, can provide their customers with easy, secure, and private contactless payment experiences, further empowering them to thrive in the digital age.