Apple announced at its developers conference last month that Apple Pay will launch here in July but it hasn’t yet announced the actual date.
The technology allows people to pay for things with their phone or Apple Watch simply by swiping it over a card reader in the same way you do with a contactless card.
As you’d expect, most major banks have signed up to the scheme — including HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, Natwest, Halifax and Lloyds.
Apple has also revealed some of the shops where you’ll be able to pay using Apple’s new tech. They are:
- Costa Coffee
- JD Sports
- Marks & Spencer
- New Look
- Post Office
- Pret A Manger
These are just a selection, with Apple saying over 250,000 locations in the UK will accept Apple Pay. The technology giant also hinted that you’ll be able to use your phone as a replacement for the Oyster Card, giving “taking the tube” as an example of everyday use.
Several apps will also use Apple Pay, which takes payment from your account based on a unique device number. These include easyJet, Ocado, Domino’s and Addison Lee.