Barclays and Apple Pay finally get it on
So now, Barclays customers will be able to make payments with their iPhone, their Apple Watches, and their iPad if they have that on them. As well as the 400,000 contactless locations in the UK, there's also the opportunity to use the service on the London transport network.
The reason Barclays have been so tardy on this, is that they've been pushing their own payment service over Apple's (and any others), and is the last of the big British banks to adopt the system. However, they must have realised that their bPay hasn't got the sway that Apple Pay has.
Their bPay service requires customers to use a fob, wristband or bPay sticker, and they also tried contactless gloves in the past - at least other services don't need anything like that - all you need is your Apple device and a fingerprint.
So now, Barclays join RBS, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA, TSB, Nationwide, NatWest, Santander, Tesco Bank, and Ulster Bank in the Apple Pay gang.
"We are passionate about helping customers access services and carry out their day to day transactions in the way that suits them. As part of this, we have developed a range of digital innovations that allow people to choose how, when and where they bank and make payments."
"Adding to the existing choice, from today both Barclays debit and Barclaycard credit card customers can use Apple Pay to make payments with their Apple device across the UK,” said Ashok Vaswani, CEO Barclays UK.
Of course, if this news fills you with dread, no-one is stopping you from paying for things with cold hard cash, or your usual bank card. Don't worry yourself unduly - no-one is making any of these things mandatory.