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In a groundbreaking move, Apple has officially launched Tap to Pay on iPhone in France, empowering independent sellers, small businesses, and large retailers to leverage iPhones as versatile payment terminals.
This cutting-edge feature, initially introduced in the U.S. in February 2022, seamlessly transforms iPhones into payment hubs. Merchants can now accept payments effortlessly through Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and various digital wallets. The encryption ensures all transactions are secure and private, with Apple having no access to purchase details or buyer information.
One of the key advantages of Tap to Pay is its simplicity. No additional hardware or credit card machines are needed. Leveraging NFC technology, the feature securely authenticates contactless payments, while also accommodating PIN entry with accessibility options.
Apple’s Vice President of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, Jennifer Bailey, expressed enthusiasm about the French launch, stating, “We are very excited to offer Tap to Pay on iPhone to merchants throughout France, providing them with a simple, secure, and confidential way to accept contactless payments. With more than 90% of bank cards in France equipped with contactless technology, merchants can now accept payments with a simple gesture on their iPhone.”
Leading banking groups such as BPCE (Banques Populaires, Caisses d’Epargne, and Payplug), Adyen, myPOS, Revolut, SumUp, Viva Wallet, and Worldline are among the early adopters offering Tap to Pay on iPhone to French customers. Additional partnerships with BNP Paribas, Crédit Coopératif, Market Pay, Stancer, and Stripe are on the horizon, further strengthening the feature’s accessibility.
Tap to Pay on iPhone is compatible with iPhone XS and newer models, providing customers with a familiar and secure Apple Pay transaction experience. Sellers can initiate transactions by opening the app, registering the sale, and presenting their iPhone to the buyer, who can then conveniently use any contactless payment method.
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France marks the eighth region to embrace Tap to Pay, following successful rollouts in the U.K., Australia, Taiwan, Brazil, Ukraine, and the Netherlands earlier this year. This global expansion underscores Apple’s commitment to revolutionizing the way transactions are conducted, bringing the power, security, and user-friendly interface of the iPhone to merchants worldwide.