Apple iPhone Event 2014 -- Apple Pay Useability 6

If you’ve downloaded iOS 8.1 today, and you’re itching to try it, there are few stores ready to help you try out the latest tech.

Apple Pay is the latest entry in the ongoing mobile payment war that has had trouble catching on in the U.S. Where other solutions waited for businesses to join, Apple took the proactive approach of negotiating with stores prior to launch to make sure there would be numerous options ready to accept payments from the first day.

Here is a list of the stores ready for you to try the new payment system immediately.

  • Aéropostale
  • Apple
  • Babies R Us
  • BJ’s
  • Bloomingdales
  • Champs Sports
  • Chevron
  • Duane Reade
  • Extra Mile
  • Footlocker
  • Footaction
  • House of Hoops by Foot Locker
  • Kids Foot Locker
  • Lady Foot Locker
  • Macy’s
  • McDonald’s
  • Nike
  • Office Depot
  • Panera Bread
  • Petco
  • Radioshack
  • Run by Foot Locker
  • Six:02
  • Sports Authority
  • Subway
  • Texaco
  • Toys R Us
  • Unleashed
  • Walgreens
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods Market

More stores are expected to be added by the end of the year such as Staples, Sephora, Petsmart and more.

If you don’t feel like leaving your house and just want to try it out in an app, the following are already offering support:

  • AirBnB
  • Apple
  • Chairish
  • Disney Store
  • Fancy
  • Groupon
  • Hotel Tonight
  • Hoouzz
  • Instacart
  • Lyft
  • OpenTable
  • Panera Bread
  • Spring
  • Staples
  • Target
  • Uber

Upcoming apps that will accept Apple Pay include Jack Threads, Starbucks, Stubhub and more.

Many companies have tried to break into the U.S. mobile payment scene, but no one has quite grabbed the consumer yet. Now we just have to see if Apple will be able to change that tide.