In April of this year, Apple Pay expanded to support Visa-branded debit and credit cards, thanks to support from the ANZ banking group. And now the bank is back at it again, as reported by The Australian. The bank will begin supporting MasterCard-branded cards on August 30. In the official announcement, that means upwards of 500,000 new customers are potential Apple Pay users.
You’ll need an iPhone 5 or later, which is running iOS 8.1 or later, to get Apple Pay to work. If you have an eligible card with ANZ in Australia, you can head into the Wallet app and tap the “Add Credit or Debit Card” and follow the on-screen instructions to add your card to the mobile payment option.
As it stands right now, ANZ is the only banking entity in Australia that supports Apple’s mobile payment option. It’s been recently reported that the major banks in the region are still resisting Apple Pay, as they want access to the NFC capabilities of the iPhone, but Apple isn’t a fan of that plan at all.
Still, with support from ANZ at least some iPhone owners in Australia can use Apple Pay.