Apple Pay, the Cupertino giant’s mobile payment service, has officially launched in France today. Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards from Caisse d’Epargne, Banque Populaire, Ticket Restaurant and Carrefour Banque support Apple Pay while Boon and Orange will also support it soon. It is expected that more banks will be added to the list.
Although the availability of the Apple Pay in France was announced at WWDC 2016 in June, Apple was in contact with French banks since January 2016. The holdup in the release of the service had been due to terms of agreements over Apple’s fee on each transaction. With the official release of Apple Pay on Apple’s French website, it seems that the parties had reached favorable arrangements.
When making payments via Apple Pay, Apple does not store your card details and they are never shared with merchants. Instead, a specific code is assigned to every purchase for easy, safe and secure payments. With Apple Pay, you do not even need to carry plastic money, all you need is your device. Apple’s wallet carries your cards for you to make purchases.
How to set up Apple Pay
- Add the credit or debit card from your iTunes account to Wallet by entering the card’s security code
- Add more cards in the Wallet app by tapping on “+” sign and following the instructions
- Touch ID or passcode is required for every payment
Apple Pay is compatible with a number of iOS devices: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, Apple Watch, iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro. macOS will also be getting Apple Pay support when it is released this fall.