Apple Pay iPhone 6

As we reported would happen, Apple Pay will be going live in the U.K. today. The service launches in the country with support from more than 250,000 stores, including Waitrose and Transport for London on its transportation networks. Currently, 8 U.K. banks support Apple Pay. Those banks are American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. Notably missing from that list is Barclays, who is said to still be in negotiations with Apple to support the platform.

Apple Pay launched in the United States last October and the rollout to the U.K. was announced last month at WWDC. We exclusively reported earlier this month that the service would launch on July 14th. In the U.K., there is a £20 cap for almost all transactions. That cap will rise to £30 later this year in September, as we reported earlier this year.

For those unfamiliar with the service, Apple Pay is a contactless payment service that Apple hopes will replace the wallet as usage and support expands. The service is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch, taking advantage of fingerprint and NFC technology.

250,000 locations in the U.K. currently support Apple Pay, and that number will likely continue to grow as time progresses. Locations that accept payment via the platform are below:

  • Lidl
  • M&S
  • Post Office
  • Liberty
  • McDonalds
  • Boots
  • Costa
  • Waitrose
  • Pret
  • BP
  • Subway
  • Wagamama
  • Spar
  • KFC
  • Nando’s
  • New Look
  • Starbucks
  • Dune
  • JD Sports

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Chance Miller

Chance is an editor for the entire 9to5 network and covers the latest Apple news for 9to5Mac.

Tips, questions, typos to