The dust is finally starting to settle following Apple’s exciting product event on Tuesday afternoon, and first impressions and hands-on videos for the Cupertino-based company’s new Apple Pay mobile payments platform are beginning to surface. Ahead, we share some of the more interesting opinions and videos about the service.
Apple Pay is a new one-touch mobile payments service that enables iPhone and Apple Watch users to make purchases by simply waving their device at a payment terminal at over 220,000 committed merchants in the United States. The service makes use of the new NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, and is kept secure with Touch ID.
Here is the consensus on Apple Pay so far:
Chris Davies, SlashGear:
“Apple’s demo maybe overplayed quite how tricky using a traditional card is – personally, I’ve not found it too difficult to whip out a credit or debit card, swipe it, and punch in a PIN or scribble a signature, even if the store wants photo ID too – but there’s no denying that Apple Pay is even swifter.”
Nilay Patel, The Verge:
“I just spent some quick time using Apple Pay on an iPhone 6 Plus, and it’s remarkably smooth. The phone was loaded up with a handful of credit cards, and holding the top of the phone about an inch from the card reader with my thumb on the Touch ID home button triggered a payment from the default card in about five to 10 seconds.”
Brad Molen, Engadget:
“Apple’s solution could certainly do better than its competitors, but it’s going to take a while for enough people to have the proper hardware in-hand — and it’ll take time to persuade users that the company isn’t solely out to get their personal information or make it easy for hackers to do the same.”
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Apple Pay will be available for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch when the trio of devices are released.