ExxonMobil launches Apple Pay at the pump at 6,000 stations, only through in-app purchase

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Apple Pay users can now pay at the pump at 6,000 ExxonMobil gas stations, though it's through the official Speedpass+ app, instead of a tap-to-pay transaction.

The Speedpass+ app was updated on Tuesday with support for Apple Pay on compatible devices. Previously, users had to manually enter and save their credit card info to use the app, but now they can authorize purchases with just the scan of a fingerprint.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook first revealed in January that ExxonMobil was set to accept Apple Pay at the pump through Speedpass+ at some 6,000 Exxon and Mobil stations. After identifying their station via GPS, the app allows users to enter their pump number or scan a QR code to pay for their specific terminal.

The app can also be used to purchase a car wash with Apple Pay, where available.

ExxonMobil's support, however, is not quite the seamless tap-to-pay support for Apple Pay that most consumers identify with. By relying on in-app purchases, the Speedpass+ app allows mobile payments without the need to install NFC reading contactless payment terminals at the pump.

Launching at 6,000 Exxon and Mobil gas stations in 46 states starting Tuesday, Apple Pay support will expand to 2,000 more locations by mid-year, according to CNet. ExxonMobil plans to have Apple Pay with Speedpass+ at all of its 10,000 stores by the end of the year.