Apple Pay will launch in the U.K. on Tuesday, July 14, according to “sources at multiple retailers,” claims a new report. Apple is expected to begin training its own staff for its arrival on July 12.
9to5Mac has obtained documents from two retailers — including major British supermarket chain Waitrose — which confirms Apple Pay will be arriving on that date. It’s expected that different stores will launch it on different days, but July 14 appears to be the first time we’ll see its arrival.
“Apple will also begin training its U.K staff on supporting Apple Pay on July 12th,” reports 9to5Mac. “Apple has begun enabling its mobile point of sale systems in England-based stores to take NFC payments and has been preparing materials to promote the Apple Pay launch in stores.”
Apple Pay’s arrival in the U.K. will be the first time the service has been available internationally, following its launch in the U.S. last October. Like other contactless payment services in the U.K., Apple Pay will be subject to a £20 (approx. $31) cap per transaction, but this is expected later on.
Apple Pay have been enjoying great success in the U.S. — much more than other mobile payment services — and is now accepted at more than 700,000 locations. It’s expected to be even more popular in the U.K., where NFC payment terminals are already commonplace.