Starbucks, KFC, and Chili’s to accept Apple Pay this year

“The coffee retailer [Starbucks] will begin accepting Apple Pay in U.S. stores this year, Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s head of payments, said Thursday at a tech conference in Half Moon Bay, California,” Douglas MacMillan reports for The Wall Street Journal. “All 7,500 U.S. coffee stores owned by Starbucks will accept Apple Pay by the end of 2016, Ms. Bailey said.”

“Apple’s service, launched a year ago at about 220,000 U.S. locations including McDonald’s and Macy’s, prompts shoppers to ditch their wallet and make purchases with an iPhone,” MacMillan reports. “More than one million stores now accept Apple Pay, a number the company predicts will grow to 1.5 million by the end of this year. In addition to Starbucks, Apple said Yum Brands Inc.’s KFC and Brinker International Inc.’s Chili’s plan to accept the payment service. An integration with Best Buy Co., that was announced earlier this year, went live in the electronics retailer’s 1,400 stores this week.”

“Ms. Bailey said retailers are beginning to customize the payment service in different ways, such as adding digital versions of loyalty cards or making it easy for restaurant customers to pay from their table, without the help of servers,” MacMillan reports. “The next big area for expansion could be travel, where consumers rely heavily on their phones for information and entertainment, Ms. Bailey said. Apple Pay could soon be used to help airline passengers order and pay for food and movies, she said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Soon, even the naysayers won’t be able to pretend Apple Pay isn’t the success it already is.

Barclays to bring Apple Pay to the UK in early 2016 – October 7, 2015
Some Best Buy stores are now accepting Apple Pay – September 18, 2015
MCX CEO gone a day after Apple Pay lands Best Buy – April 28, 2015
Best Buy capitulates, to accept Apple Pay despite CurrentC allegiance – April 27, 2015
Major retailers see Apple Pay wave – November 17, 2014
In only 3 weeks, Apple Pay is changing how consumers pay – November 17, 2014
Boycott CVS and Rite Aid – October 27, 2014
Bad business: CVS and Rite Aid antagonize their most well-heeled customers by blocking Apple Pay – October 27, 2014
CVS stores reportedly disabling NFC to shut down Apple Pay – October 25, 2014
iPhone users earn significantly more than those who settle for Android phones – October 8, 2014
Yet more proof that Android is for poor people – June 27, 2014
More proof that Android is for poor people – May 13, 2014
Apple’s iOS dominates in richer countries, Android in poorer regions – March 25, 2014
Twitter heat map shows iPhone use by the affluent, Android by the poor – June 20, 2013

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David E.” for the heads up.]


    1. Christ would NEVER drink at Starbucks. HE knows the best coffee is always served at Chick-fil-A.
      I’m feeling a connection here… You and Me… Wanna go out for a cup of Holy Java?

    2. I certainly stand up for anyone who refuses to serve Christians because it’s in conflict with their beliefs, no wait a minute that would be stupid wouldn’t it, yet this buffoon seems to believe not serving others because as a Christian it conflicts with your beliefs is somehow right and normal. Gotta love the irony, if not the hypocrisy. I guess that’s the problem of unerring belief that you are right and no one else can think different while accusing those non believers of that very same behaviour. Who needs to be consistent when you are so right. That’s how cult thinking on any level warps your thinking I guess. Over to you god squad.

    3. You are flat out lying to say that Starbuck’s CEO doesn’t want to serve Christians.

      Read and comprehend, “If you support traditional marriage over gay marriage, Starbucks doesn’t want your business” This has nothing to do with Christians, and has everything to do with being nonjudgmental and supporting the law of the land. With this one statement, Howard Shultz is more Christian like than the CEO of Chick-fil-A.

      There are plenty of Christians of all sects, that are gay and or support gay rights. For the record, there is nothing in the Ten Commandments that says you can’t be gay. Like wise gays can be baptized, believe and follow Jesus too.

      The extremists are simply ignorant. This doesn’t change how or who gets into Heaven, which is the essence of everything they do. They are trying to get into Heaven, and frankly are headed in the wrong direction, by hating and causing hate. “SPITE”

      1. @Gollum: You may want to check your facts before you start posting things in quotation marks which were never said. Read and comprehend, what the Starbucks CEO actually said was in response to a shareholder’s question: “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”

        Of course several media outlets twisted what he said and reported a false quote which you repeated.

  1. Apple made me rich, I need to confess this here but I do not know a better place because I made it on Apple Stocks and also on working with the Mac, both seem to be nowhere else more popular than on MDN these days.

    I want you to just ask you for 1 thing today,
    Why do we allow the next President to do the right thing, although he provides a pretty boring personality that has brought down the results in Florida in the end so many years ago? So mean of him, isn’t it?

    What if Jon Stewart runs for the republicans?

    Yea, the plot of the next Tom Cruise Movie, the ‘world unite in order to shut down DonaldDumb’…
    Jon, are you in?
    Tom, think about it.

      1. That comment was meant for “wepay.anyway”. As for whether I’m really a doctor you don’t know squat about it, and your comment was as coherent as the one by “wepay.anyway”. So in other words, piss off.

        1. Manners are inevitable like responsibility, cure, free will, free speech and a fucking iPhone in your pocket.

          Get lost or get in. This is not a game.

          Forget the american heroism.

          The 70ies are back, and this time Love is not enough 😉

          GB and the rest of Europe are localized over there, OR is it NOW over here? I guess it depends on “if my flight is on time.”

          ¿ Do you get it?

          s turn. King of privacy or not? King of reliability and security or not?

          Next time I check the Terms of Use, I will take a day off to do that in the very most detail.

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