Apple Pay First Impressions and Hands-on Videos

Apple Pay

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.”

Apple Pay will be available for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch when the trio of devices are released.