Apple Pay could launch internationally in March

We’ve been hearing a few bits and pieces about Apple Pay being launched in the UK, and now a new report suggests that the service could be launching outside in the US sometime in March.

According to a report from 9to5Mac, quoting anonymous sources ‘close to the situation’, a Canadian Apple Pay launch is expected sometime in March, which a full international rollout coming not long afterwards.

Given what a monumental success Apple Pay has been in the US (it apparently accounts for 1% of all digital payments), it’s no surprise that Apple is trying to expand the services reach. It’s a no-brainer, as Kevin Bacon would say.

A March launch would also tie in nicely with the rumoured release of the Apple Watch, a gadget that happens to let iPhone owners pay for goods with their wrists rather than their phones. That’s especially handy for people who don’t have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

It’s just a rumour for the time being, so take it with a pinch of salt. We’ll keep you updated when we hear more.

Tom Pritchard

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