Apple Pay now supported at over 2 million retail locations; Crate & barrel and other retailers rolling out support


Apple Pay in the U.K.

Apple has confirmed to Business Times that Apple Pay, its NFC-based mobile-payment service, is now supported at over 2 million retail stores. The company also announced that merchants like Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A and Au Bon Pain are rolling out support for its mobile payment service in their stores.

Additionally, online retailer Zappos will also be adding Apple Pay support to its iOS app soon. This will allow its users to pay for their purchases in just a couple of taps, instead of going through the tedious process of entering their credit card details every time.

Apple also announced that in-app purchases done through Apple Pay have doubled in the last six months of 2015, compared to the first six months of the year.

Apple is scheduled to launch Apple Pay in China sometime this month or in early March, which should lead to a further increase in its popularity and uptake among consumers. The company has partnered with UnionPay  for this.

Ever since it launched Apple Pay in October 2014, Apple has been working tirelessly on improving its mobile payment service. While the initial rollout of the payment service was hit with some roadblocks, the company has worked behind the scenes to fix them. Many retailers who pulled support for Apple Pay soon after launch in favor of their own mobile payment service have also failed in their attempts, and are now slowly adding support for Apple Pay once again.

[Via Business Times]

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