Mobile payment services aren’t new and in fact they have been around for the past few years. However as with all things Apple, Apple Pay has somehow managed to launch to huge fanfare and has quickly been adopted by many retailers around the US. Well perhaps to brag about its popularity, Apple has recently announced to The New York Times a list of new companies that have hopped aboard the Apple Pay bandwagon.
According to Apple, the new companies that have adopted Apple Pay include SunTrust, Barclaycard, and USAA. Additional banks such as TD Bank North America and Commerce Bank will be supporting Apple Pay as well. As far as retailers are concerned, Staples is now accepting Apple Pay across its locations in the US.
Grocers such as Winn-Dixie and Albertsons have started to accept the payment method as well, and come Friday Amway Center, home to the Orlando Magic basketball team, will begin to accept Apple Pay at its retail, food, and beverage stands during games, so if you’re hankering after that hotdog or beer, you could soon be able to use your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to pay for it.
According to Alex Martins, the CEO of Orlando magic, “One of the biggest pieces of feedback we get from our fans is that the food and beverage lines are too long. It keeps them from going to the concession stand because they don’t want to miss the action. This, and technologies like Apple Pay, will speed up our service.”
At the rate Apple Pay is adopted, could Apple really be setting a new standard as far as mobile payments are concerned?
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