Apple Pay May Finally Launch in Germany This Week [Update: Now Live]

Apple Pay has been coming soon to Germany for quite some time. Even Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has weighed in and said the mobile payment option would arrive in the country before the end of the year.

And while Apple’s official page for Apple Pay in Germany has listed the option as “coming soon” since November, those in Germany have been left waiting. That may be coming to an end here shortly, though, as a report from Macerkopf states that Apple Pay may finally arrive in the region sometime this week. It may even launch as early as Tuesday, if the rumors pan out.

The report is based on information gathered from unnamed sources within the banking industry. And while plans may always change, it sounds like Apple is gearing up for an Apple Pay launch in Germany this week. The first banks in Germany to support the mobile payment option will reportedly be Comdirect and N26. But you can head through the Apple source link at the bottom of this article to see the banks and businesses in Germany that Apple Pay will support when it arrives at some point in the near future.

This will meet another goal for Apple Pay’s global expansion. While Apple still has several markets to reach, the mobile payment option is quickly becoming a widespread feature for the company. It does indeed make buying things a lot easier and more streamlined, whether that’s at a physical store or restaurant, or using Apple Pay on a Mac to finalize a purchase.

Update: Apple Pay is now live in Germany. The list of banks supporting the service including American Express, Maestro, Boon, Bunq, Comdirect, Deutsche Bank, Edenred, Fidor Bank, Hanseatic Bank, N26, O2 Banking, and VIMPay. As for supporting retailers, this includes the likes of Adidas, Cigo, Media Markt, McDonald’s, Aldi, Aral, and more.

[via Macerkopf; Apple]