Nearly a year after it launched, Apple Pay is coming to the UK. Most major financial institutions were included in Apple's WWDC 2015 keynote, but there was one notable exception: Barclays. It's a weird omission, particularly as Barclaycard, the bank's credit card arm, is already supported in the US. After news of the launch broke, Barclays has moved to confirm that it won't be a part of Apple's NFC payment revolution when it goes live in July, hinting that an agreement over terms is the reason for its absence.
Barclays explains on its Twitter account that it has "been talking with Apple about how our customers could use Apple Pay in addition to our existing mobile and payment services." It already offers a capable smartphone banking app, but also pioneered a mobile payment service that lets customers send money using only mobile phone numbers. However, it does not yet provide an NFC payment platform that customers can use to pay for goods at a retail store.
The bank notes that "talks remain constructive," which suggests that while customers might have to wait, an agreement could be reached. We've contacted the bank for more clarification on the matter and will update the article should we hear back.
Thanks for your tweets this evening. We can assure you that we've been talking with Apple about how our customers (1/2)— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK) June 8, 2015
could use Apple Pay in addition to our existing mobile and payment services, and that these talks remain constructive. (2/2)— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK) June 8, 2015