The iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac-compatible mobile payment service is now at least limitedly enabled in 11 markets around the world, from US to UK, Australia, China, Russia and New Zealand. Kiwis can only store Visa debit and credit cards issued by one local bank on their iDevices at the moment, being then able to quickly and securely pay for services or goods without carrying the physical cards around.
But Cupertino did manage to strike a deal with New Zealand’s largest financial services group, ANZ, waiting for other important banking players in the region to reach out themselves if they want in on the fastest-growing, trendiest digital wallet app.
That’s unlikely to happen anytime soon, as Westpac, ASB and BNZ, among others, reportedly resent how Apple restricts access to the underlying NFC technology, not to mention the transaction fees Apple Pay backers need to cough up.
For its part, ANZ reckons “there’s a lot of interest for Apple Pay in the market”, and “the value it brings out customers” eclipsed all inconveniences. No words on MasterCard support just yet, with the list of stores accepting Apple Pay off the bat including BP, Burger King, Countdown, Domino’s, Farmers, Kmart, McDonalds, Noel Leeming, Stevens, and The Warehouse.