Apple Pay is the new digital wallet that makes life more Appy.

A new contactless payment system that lets people use their iPhones to tap-and-pay in high street shops has been launched in the UK. Apple Pay will let iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch owners pay for items costing up to £20 by just touching their gadgets to a payment terminal, much like contactless credit cards.

Apple Pay is in effect a digital wallet. It lets users use their credit and debit cards through Apple’s Passbook app. There are two ways to use it: in a physical high street store and online.

Only people with the latest generation of iPhones, or an Apple Watch, will be able to use it in stores. Apple Pay uses near-field communications (NFC) found in the iPhone 6, 6 Plus or Apple Watch in a similar manner to contactless cards.

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Unlike the US, the UK has had robust support for contactless payments through credit and debit cards. Contactless payments were up 255% in 2014, while 58m contactless cards were in circulation.

Read the full article on theguardian.

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