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Apple Store App Adds Apple Pay For Touch ID Payments

by Todd Haselton | October 20, 2014October 20, 2014 4:45 pm PDT

Apple iPhone 6 Event - Apple Pay

Apple on Monday updated its official Apple Store application with support for Apple Pay, which was included in iOS 8.1 and is rolling out to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today.

Apple Pay has two elements: a virtual one that allows you to place orders for goods and services through applications or the Web, and a physical one that takes advantage of NFC. The latter requires you to tap your phone at a point-of-sale terminal, while the other simply lets you place orders using Touch ID.

With today’s update, the Apple Store app now lets you buy goods from the Apple Store using Touch ID and, theoretically, it should also work with the iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, all of which offer Touch ID support built-in, though the iTunes App store doesn’t say either way. Those devices won’t work with physical Apple Pay payments, however, since they lack the NFC radios included in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

You should be able to find the most recent version of the app in the iTunes App Store now, in case you want to order that shiny new iMac with Retina Display all with the tap of your finger.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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