“HSBC has launched Apple Pay support for customers in Australia for the first time, enabling any Visa and MasterCard branded credit card issued by the bank to be added to Apple’s mobile wallet,” Tim Hardwick reports for MacRumors.

“HSBC said the majority of its customers’ credit card payments are already contactless and it expects Apple Pay will be quickly embraced as part of the wider shift towards tap-and-go payments,” Hardwick reports. “HSBC joins a growing number of banks in Australia which support Apple Pay, including American Express, ANZ and Macquarie. However, several major issuers such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation, NAB, and Bendigo and Adelaide have resisted supporting the payment system during their failed attempts to collectively negotiate with Apple over gaining access to the NFC chip in iPhones.”

Hardwick reports, “In addition to the HSBC Australia launch, over 20 U.S. banks also gained official Apple Pay support on Tuesday.”

The list of the 20+ U.S. banks in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If your bank still does not support Apple Pay, it’s time to switch banks.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]