Apple is adding new banks so frequently that we decided against posting each time a new bank is added to Apple Pay. However, major credit card firm Discover on Tuesday announced that card members will be able to take advantage of Apple Pay this fall. It’s one of the largest credit card makers that has withheld support so far.
Purchases made with Apple Pay will still contribute toward Discover benefits, such as Cashback Bonus, and customers can still use the Freeze It security option to stop purchases when a card or iPhone has been misplaced, the company explained. The support also extends to Discover Debit card issuers.
Apple Pay is supported on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though the iPhones are the only products that work with NFC-based payment terminals. It’s unclear why Discover held out support for so long, especially considering other credit card companies began offering support much sooner. We expect a new iPhone sometime this fall, so perhaps the launch will coincide with Apple’s release of its next handset.