Report: Apple Pay Could Launch This Week

Apple Pay could launch as soon as this week, a report suggests.

The company is in the midst of prepping staff at its Apple retail stores for the upcoming rollout of Apple Pay, according to 9to5Mac. The mobile payment platform will allow users to complete transactions by tapping an iPhone at a payment terminal and authenticating your fingerprint.

Employees at Apple retail stores are required to attend a one-hour Apple training session in the coming days, the report says. It’s a sign that Apple is close to launching the service in stores.

It’s also been reported that a memo to Walgreens managers points to a launch date as soon as Oct. 18. Apple will hold a media event on Thursday, and it’s possible that the company will officially launch the service or give more details about its launch date.

9to5Mac reports that it got its hands on some training materials and setup screenshots revealing more details about Apple Pay’s interface and transaction functions.

Apple Pay will be activated through the iOS 8 setup process or a new settings tab called Passbook and Apple Pay, the report said. Credit card information will also be added by using your iTunes account or scanning your card with the iPhone’s camera (it can hold up to eight cards at a time).

The Apple Pay display shows a list of recent transactions, card numbers and other details related to your account. Users get push notifications when credit cards expire too.

If Apple Pay isn’t working properly, employees can access an “Apple Pay Demo” that can pinpoint the problem, the report said. All Apple retail employees — not just Genius Bar staffers — are said to be familiar with the new demo.


Author: Rex Santus
Source: Mashable