While Apple was hardly the first with contactless payments, the company’s solution has banks, stores, and companies jumping on the bandwagon and pledging their support for Apple Pay.
More and more banks support Apple Pay
Apple inked deals with the four major U.S. credit and debit card providers early on: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Indeed, that’s likely why so many countries kick off Apple Pay launches with limited support for Amex and Visa cards only.
One of the rockier rollouts took place in Japan, where Apple Pay debuted after much anticipation on Oct. 25.
East Japan Railway Co. noted that much of the disruption was due to “the large number of attempts to access the service,” so it certainly looks as though Apple Pay has come to an eager audience.