UK banks Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland add support for Apple Pay

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Support for Apple Pay is expanding in the United Kingdom, with a trio of new banks going online with Apple's tap-to-pay service on Friday: Lloyds Bank, Halifax, and Bank of Scotland.

Multiple readers who bank with Lloyds and Halifax reached out to AppleInsider on Friday to say that their credit and debit cards were successfully added to Apple Pay. Multiple users on Twitter also confirmed that support is now live.

In addition, others on social media also indicated that Bank of Scotland is supporting Apple Pay as of Friday. No official announcement has been made from any of the three banks, nor Apple.

Apple Pay launched in the U.K. in July on eight regional banks, and support from more than 250,000 stores. Initial supporters were HSBC/First Direct, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and Ulster Bank.

The transaction limit was also raised last month to 30 pounds, allowing even larger purchases without entering a PIN number or signature. Support for Barclays in the U.K. is also said to be coming.

Further expansion for Apple Pay will come for U.S. customers next week, when credit card company Discover will add support. Discover will also be offering 10 percent cash back on all Apple Pay transactions on up to $10,000 of in-store purchases.