Apple announced the launch of its payment system, Apple Pay in Ireland. Preparation for this step was conducted during the year: the first rumors about the possible introduction of the service went back in 2016. The news about the launch of Apple Pay has caused excitement among local operators of mobile payments: for them, the arrival of Apple means serious competition.
In order to use Apple Pay, you must have one of the latest models of iPhone: 7, 7 Plus 6, 6 Plus, 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or SE. Also, the payment service can be used with the Apple Watch and iPad. At the heart of Apple Pay is a wireless technology NFC, which allows a mobile device to exchange required data with the payment terminal. It is important to note that to confirm the payment you need to use the fingerprint – here comes fingerprint scanner Touch ID.
Apple has a great chance to quickly expand its presence in Ireland. One of the reasons of high popularity of “Apple” technique. In addition, the country has extended contactless payment methods. Apple Pay at launch was supported by two local banks – Ulster Bank and KBC. Apple pay system supports service Wirecard Boon.
The arrival of Apple Pay means not too joyful prospects for the mobile payment. However, the representatives of the companies believe that the service represents a serious threat. Despite the high competitiveness of Apple Pay, the Irish services, chances are good in the domestic market.
In Cupertino noted that the next European country to work Apple Pay will be Italy. In Russia payment service Apple is working with last fall.