Apple Announces Several Apple Pay Developments, Includes Overseas Expansion

Apple Announces Several Apple Pay Developments, Includes Overseas Expansion

In a series of announcements at its developers conference, Apple has revealed a number of expansions for the Apple Pay Digital Payment service. The biggest news is that Apple will expand the service and launch a UK market in the following month, making it the first expansion outside of the US. Apple Pay will partner with eight of the largest banks in the UK to support more than 70% of all credit and debit cards within the country. Apple Pay will also be usable in more than 250,000 locations in the UK which include more retail stores than were available at launch in the US. Additionally,....


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