The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were, arguably, the most highly anticipated release in smartphone handset this year, with rumours surfacing every week or so in the lead up to Apple’s announcement.
However, good things come to those who wait, and the smartphone giant is really sticking by this mantra by waiting until after the iPhone 6 release to open up the world of Apple Pay, which is due out at some point later on this month, allowing users to pay with either Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
While the thought of using a phone to pay for goods in a store may seem like something from the future, it is the mobile radio technology standard Near Field Communication (NFC) which enables a payment to be processed.
Those who use Apple Pay won’t even need to open an app or, in fact, touch anything on their iPhone 6 screen. They simply have to hold their iPhone close to the the contactless reader with their finger on Touch ID.
What's more, if you are really distracted elsewhere, you don’t even need to look at the screen to check that they payment has worked – a vibration and a beep will let you know!
It will also be so easy to set up on your iPhone. Just as Passbook can already store tickets and such, debit and credit cards can now be saved in it also. An easy way to do this is by simply adding the card used for you iTunes account to Passbook by entering the card’s security code. Alternatively, use the iSight camera to take a picture and instantly capture the card information – that is, unless you are happy to manually type the details in.
Apple Pay will also allow users to pay for goods from their own home in apps. All you will have to do is select the Apple Pay option and put your finger on Touch ID – and voila, the purchase has been made.
Although the exact release date hasn’t been confirmed, Apple Pay is likely to have an effect on how we shop.