There’s a new way to pay for your favor apps, food, groceries, and other necessities: Apple Pay, a new mobile payment system that aims to replace credit cards and get you through a grocery checkout with a toddler under one arm and a 6-pack under the other. So, will it?
As a consumer, you need a mobile payment system to be idiot proof, Fort Knox-level secure and ubiquitous. As a parent, you’d probably just settle for ubiquitous, but that piece of the puzzle has already tripped up efforts by one massive banking consortium and the geniuses at Google. All the slick hardware and UI in the world won’t help Apple navigate the minefield of stakeholders necessary to get their systems everywhere you currently use plastic.
Only 220,000 retail outlets will be open for business when the service rolls out next month – a whopping 2.4 percent of the country’s total merchants. But, Apple being Apple, their launch partners include major chains that are probably on a lot of errands list, so you’ll have the opportunity to try it, at least. Whether it ultimately changes your life is out of your hands (unless you negotiate partnerships for Apple, in which case stop reading this and get back to work).
Brick and Mortar Stores That Accept Apple Pay
- Duane Reade
- Whole Foods
Entertainment & Clothing Stores
- Disney stores and resorts
Office Supply Stores
Apps That Accept Apple Pay
Department Store Apps
Grocery Store Apps
- Panera Bread