How Apple Pay progressed in last 9 months

With the launch of Apple Pay everyday payments is now better as user can add rewards programs and store-issued credit and debit cards with iOS 9.

Apple Pay was launched last October with 200,000 locations in the US and Baskin Robbins, Best Buy, Big Lots, Dunkin’ Donuts, EXPRESS, Forever 21, Levi’s, Peet’s Coffee and White Castle are some of the merchants which accept Apple Pay in stores.

Apple Pay will accept credit and debit cards across all major card networks, issued by the most popular banks, representing 98 percent of all credit card purchase volume in the US and shoppers in the US will have more ways to pay.

With the Passbook app in iOS users can keep coupons, gift cards, boarding passes and tickets. Passbook will become Wallet which will bring additional options at checkout with Apple Pay support for rewards and store-issued credit and debit cards.

To use participating rewards and store-issued cards at the checkout with Apple Pay, users add them to the wallet app, said Apple.

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Meanwhile, more than 80 million active members of Walgreens Balance Rewards program will be able to easily and securely use their rewards with Apple Pay.

New apps bringing Apple Pay to customers include Best Buy, Delta Air Lines’ Fly Delta app, Dunkin’ Donuts, Gilt, HauteLook, Kickstarter, Munchery, and zulily.

Additionally, Pinterest will also launch Buyable Pins enabling users to purchase millions of items from over a thousand stores like Cole Haan, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus within the Pinterest app with Apple Pay, only on iOS.

“We’re bringing our customers the most requested features with support for rewards and store-issued cards, and expanding how and where Apple Pay is accepted, which truly transforms the way people pay,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

Shilpa Khatri

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