Westpac, Australia's second-largest bank, on Thursday announced upcoming support for Apple Pay, making it the last of the country's so-called "big four" banks to adopt Apple's mobile payments solution after holding out for years.
New York's Metro Transportation Authority continued a planned rollout of its Apple Pay Express Transit-compatible One Metro New York, or OMNY, system on Wednesday, expanding support to the busy hub at 34th St.-Penn Station.
After months of work and trials, Apple Pay's Express Mode has been activated across the entire London public transportation system, allowing users to tap and pay for rides without Face ID or Touch ID authentication.
The sports footwear company Nike has become the latest retailer to offer customers the maximum 3% daily cash back when they pay using Apple Card. The rate isn't limited to shoes, either, as it applies on the website, and in the company's training club too.
German legislators have rushed new legislation through that could force Apple to provide access to its NFC chip, allowing competitors to provide their own mobile payment platforms on the iPhone and Apple Watch.
Apple Pay's introduction into the payments market has led to multiple "expressions of concern," the EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has revealed, with comments about Apple's mobile payments service potentially leading the European Commission to take a closer look at how competition in the market is affected by its presence.
Apple Pay transactions reached above three billion in the September quarter, enough to surpass PayPal. Apple Pay growth is also leaving behind far less popular Android NFC payment alternatives promoted by Google and Samsung.
In a bid to determine whether Apple's mobile payments strategy runs afoul of European Union laws, antitrust regulators earlier this year asked participating retailers to fill out a questionnaire regarding Apple Pay terms and conditions, according to a report on Tuesday.
A U.S. district judge has sentenced a 30-year-old Miami resident to over four years in federal prison for his part in a criminal enterprise that leveraged Apple Pay to make more than $1.5 million in purchases using victims' credit cards.
Apple Pay is the most-used mobile payment app in the United States, a new analysis claims, with the growth of Apple's payment platform in the country allowing it to overtake the Starbucks mobile app for the first time.
Apple is now regularly updating its roster of banks and credit unions with Apple Pay. Here are all the card issuers added in 2018-2019, in the U.S. and abroad, updated on December 10 with news of Maltese Bank of Valetta's support for Apple Pay.