Were you watching the hotly anticipated big Apple event in Cupertino Tuesday morning? Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled a bunch new products, like the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, and indicated that the tech giant has a new foe in its sights — your credit card. Apple has announced Apple Pay, which can streamline credit transactions by running them through your iPhone. But what stores and businesses will accept Apple Pay?
Luckily, there's already a decent list that Apple made public Tuesday, and it's sure to grow larger after the iPhone 6 hits the market — not to mention, after its use becomes more normalized and widespread. As Cook said on stage , it aims to replace the antiquated ways of conducting transactions that we all still depend on.
We’re totally reliant on the exposed numbers, and the outdated and vulnerable magnetic interface — which by the way is five decades old — and the security codes which all of us know aren’t so secure.
In short, you'll be able to roll through Whole Foods or the McDonald's drive-thru, and Apple Pay will save you the fumbling around in your wallet. But that's not all — there's already a handful of different businesses where you'll be able to cut your transaction times down to a minimum.
Furthermore, a number of apps have signed on to let users pay via Apple Pay — whether you're looking to do some retail shopping, pay your Uber driver, or buy tickets to a baseball game, you're in luck!
Basically, these are the places you'll be able to handle payments with your iPhone 6. And really, taken in total, it's a slightly meager-seeming list, right? But that's why Apple taking this on is such a major development — they have a level of iconic brand visibility that few others can boast, and in simple terms, they've been very successful making their innovations broadly fashionable. It seems like a virtual guarantee — unless there's some sort of security issue that diminishes public trust in the system — that more stores will be getting in on the act.
How big that list of businesses will ultimately get can't yet be known. But if you're ever curious while doing some shopping, there's an easy way to find out if it's Apple Pay-ready: just look for this logo at the checkout stand.
If you see that image, then congratulations! You're in Apple Pay country. You'll have to wait a little longer to start trying it out, though — the iPhone 6 is slated for release on Sept. 19, with the cheapest model selling for $199, and the most expensive, iPhone 6 Plus model (with a whopping 128 gigabytes of space) selling for $499.