mobile payments

Chipotle ‘very interested’ in implementing Apple Pay

Chipotle ‘very interested’ in implementing Apple Pay

You can use Apple Pay in a lot of locations, with Walgreens, Whole Foods, and McDonald’s all comprising the bulk of sales. There are still a large number of places you can’t use Apple Pay, unfortunately. Partners of competing platforms like CurrentC notwithstanding, plenty of stores and restaurants don’t accept the mobile payment method Apple bought forth with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, if they accept any at all. That is likely to change in 2015, and at least one major restaurant chain is very interested in Apple Pay.

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Verifone PAYware Mobile e355 goes for one size fits all

Verifone PAYware Mobile e355 goes for one size fits all

Mobile payments aren't exactly new, even if Apple has just recently joined the game. Adoption and support, however, have been slow and one reason for it is the cost of maintaining and upgrading both hardware and software to support a fast-moving smartphone industry. That is why Verifone is coming up with a new mobile Point of Sale system (mPOS) that not only supports multiple mobile payment types, it can also support different device form factors as well as different mobile operating systems.

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Apple Pay could hit Canada in March, sources claim

Apple Pay could hit Canada in March, sources claim

Apple Pay is handy, but limited. Not only does the mobile payment system work at a limited number of stores (convenient places like Walgreens and Whole Foods, but still not as widely accepted as we’d like), it’s US-only. A previous report pegged Apple Pay as headed overseas, but hey — what about Canada?! Good news, Canada; Apple Pay is reportedly headed your way. A few “sources close to the situation” are saying Apple is in talks with partners north of the border to bring Apple Pay to Canada.

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Apple Pay glitch prevents adding cards on reset

Apple Pay glitch prevents adding cards on reset

Restoring your iPhone to factory settings is helpful for a lot of problems you might have, but it’s also causing a significant one. Those with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus will want to resist the urge to revert to factory settings for now, as a glitch is keeping Apple Pay from adding cards after a reset. The Apple Support forums have several pages of complaints about this action, and it’s leading Apple to replace devices, as they’ve got no solution for the issue right now.

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Apple Pay to hit the gas pump via Chevron in 2015

Apple Pay to hit the gas pump via Chevron in 2015

Chevron is reportedly working to bring Apple Pay to the pump in early 2015, setting a standard for mobile payments outside of retail shops. Chevron already supports Apple Pay in their Extra Mile convenience stores, but payment at the pump is still done via a card swipe. The move will likely cover Texaco and Caltex stations at some point, considering Chevron owns those companies. Chevron gives Apple a huge reach at the pump in California, and sets a precedent for others to follow.

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Apple Pay data demands add tension to UK launch

Apple Pay data demands add tension to UK launch

Apple Pay is set to launch in the UK in the first half of 2015, but banks are concerned as to how much data Apple demands as part of its contactless payment service, insiders claims. Revealed as a feature of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this year, Apple Pay - which uses a combination of NFC and a secure digital wallet chip on the smartphones - has already gained traction in the US, with everything from grocery shopping through clothes and even hotel rooms and Disney trips now supporting the service. However, although the spread of Apple Pay to other countries is effectively inevitable, Apple is said to be still facing some push-back from its banking partners over the fine print.

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Starbucks chooses their own payment solution over Square

Starbucks chooses their own payment solution over Square

When Starbucks teamed up with Square for their payment processing, it was seen as a big win for the mobile payment space. If Square could compete with traditional payment processors, it stood to reason any startup could. Over time, the relationship began to fracture, and now the mobile payment angle to their partnership is done. Square is shuttering Wallet and rolling it into Order, which lets you order ahead and pay for items before you get to the store. Starbucks won’t be accepting Order, instead concentrating efforts on their competing proprietary product.

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Apple Pay and Google Wallet head to Disney World

Apple Pay and Google Wallet head to Disney World

This week the folks at Walt Disney have let loose their final plans for the launch of Apple Pay and Google Wallet at Walt Disney World Resort. This one location will be the first place Disney will use Apple Pay and Google Wallet - and a number of other wireless payment systems - in the near future. It's also been suggested that additional Disney Stores and other Disney properties will follow. This system will begin with Disney's RFID system already in place as part of their MyMagic+ brand.

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Apple Pay still trails Google Wallet, gap closing quickly

Apple Pay still trails Google Wallet, gap closing quickly

Apple Pay hasn’t been around long, but new research shows those who use it are doing so in a pretty significant way. Via mobile payments research firm ITG, we find that Apple Pay accounted for 1.7% of all digital payment transactions in the month of November. Those using Apple Pay have their favorite spots, too. Whole Foods, Walgreens, and McDonald’s all found themselves with the most Apple Pay usage, suggesting we’re really fond of properly sourced grass-fed Australian New York strip steak, but not afraid of chicken from suspect origin.

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Apple Pay is about to go global

Apple Pay is about to go global

Apple Pay may cover 90% of credit volume here in the United States, but overseas the mobile payment service is still missing. That could change, though, as two Apple job listings point to their intent to make electronic point-of-sale transactions a big thing the world over. In London, Apple is looking for someone to spearhead their European rollout for Apple Pay, while a Shanghai based opening suggests Apple is cannonballing into the Chinese market. A timeframe for the respective rollouts for Apple Pay was not noted.

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