ING Direct and Macquarie have added support for Apple Pay. Customers from both banks can now pay for goods in participating stores using their iOS devices.
There has been much tedious toing and froing in court over Apple Pay in Australia, but two more banks have finally partnered with the software giant. From today, ING Direct and Macquarie Bank customers will be able to make payments without their credit card via the electronic payment system Apple Pay.
The app is compatible in-store with the iPhone SE, 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus. Online purchases can be made with the aforementioned phones or select iPad and Macbook Pro models. (You can also use Apple Watch.)
The addition of ING Direct and Macquarie brings the number of Australian banks and credit unions that support Apple Pay to more than 35. (Others include American Express, ANZ, Bank Australia, Bank of Sydney, Beyond Bank Australia, Big Sky Building Society, Australian Unity, CAPE Credit Union, Central West Credit Union, Catalyst Money, Community First Credit Union, CUA, Defence Bank, Horizon Credit Union, Intech Credit Union, People's Choice Credit Union, Police Bank and Sydney Credit Union.)
The big hold outs are Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank and Westpac who are still battling for the right to collectively negotiate with Apple over the electronic payment system. (In a nutshell, they want direct access to the iPhone's NFC chip so they can create their own digital wallets.)
[Via Mac Rumors]