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In an exciting move, Apple has announced the introduction of Tap to Pay on iPhone in the United Kingdom, empowering independent sellers, small merchants, and large retailers across the country to leverage their iPhones as efficient and secure payment terminals. This game-changing feature, which made its debut in February 2022, enables compatible iPhones to accept payments effortlessly, utilizing Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and various digital wallets, all without the need for additional hardware or clunky credit card machines.
With Tap to Pay on iPhone, businesses can now streamline their checkout process and offer a seamless, hassle-free payment experience to their customers. By harnessing the power, security, and convenience of the iPhone, sellers can securely authenticate contactless payments using NFC technology. Furthermore, this innovative feature also supports PIN entry, incorporating accessibility options for a wider range of users.
Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s Vice President of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, expressed her enthusiasm for the expansion, stating, “We’ve witnessed Tap to Pay on iPhone revolutionize the checkout experience for diverse businesses. We are thrilled to extend our support to merchants throughout the U.K., providing them with an effortless, secure, and private method to accept contactless payments, all without the need for additional hardware. Small and medium-sized businesses have always played a crucial role in the U.K. economy, and with the collaboration of payment platforms, app developers, and payment networks, we aim to simplify the process of accepting contactless payments, allowing businesses to thrive.”
Leading payment platforms, Revolut and Tyl by NatWest, are proud to be the first to offer Tap to Pay on iPhone to their U.K. business customers. Additionally, renowned names in the industry such as Adyen, Dojo, myPOS, Stripe, SumUp, Viva Wallet, Worldline, and Zettle by PayPal will soon follow suit. Apple Store locations in the U.K. will also introduce Tap to Pay on iPhone in the coming weeks, ensuring widespread adoption of this cutting-edge payment method.
To make the most of Tap to Pay on iPhone, businesses will require an iPhone XS or a newer model. From the customer’s perspective, the process is as simple as any standard Apple Pay transaction. Sellers need only open the app, register the sale, and present their iPhone to the buyer, who can then conveniently choose an appropriate contactless payment method to complete the transaction seamlessly.
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The availability of Tap to Pay on iPhone extends beyond the United Kingdom, as over 700,000 additional businesses in the United States can also take advantage of this groundbreaking feature. Apple Stores in the U.S. have already embraced Tap to Pay, solidifying its position as a trusted and efficient payment solution. The United Kingdom is now the fourth region to introduce Tap to Pay, following successful rollouts in Australia and Taiwan earlier this year.
With the introduction of Tap to Pay on iPhone, Apple continues to innovate and enhance the digital payment landscape, empowering businesses of all sizes to provide a frictionless payment experience and accelerate their growth. As this groundbreaking feature gains momentum across the globe, it’s clear that Apple is driving the future of payments, seamlessly integrating technology into our everyday lives.