Retail survey: Apple Pay now being accepted at more retailers than any other mobile payments service

“Apple Pay lets you use your fingerprint, an iPhone, or Apple Watch to pay for stuff, online, you can use those products and/or the Touch ID on a MacBook Pro to pay for items where you see the Apple Pay logo,” Jonny Evans writes for Apple Must. “More secure than using your credit card, these are great ways to pay – but you still need the places where you shop to accept Apple Pay for it to be any use. And that’s what’s changing so, so rapidly as the Apple Pay team is working its little cotton socks off to develop the service.”

“That’s certainly what we learn in a recent Boston Retail Partners report, which tells us not only that mobile payments are taking off, but that Apple is rapidly becoming the most widely deployed and most widely used smartphone-based mobile payments service,” Evans writes. “‘PayPal has been bumped out of its top spot in this year’s survey with Apple Pay now being accepted at 36% of the retailers participating in the survey,’ the report said.”

Evans writes, “I anticipate we’ll see support at 70%+ of global retailers by 2020, at the latest.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Slowly, but surely. And, no, there is no better way to pay than with Apple Watch and Apple Pay.

Two simple things could turbocharge Apple Pay usage: Better (or actual) signage at the point of sale and incentives for using Apple Pay. Imagine Apple Pay usage if Apple simply offered $1 to spend at the Apple Store for every hundred spent via Apple Pay.

Apple Pay transactions are growing at a rapid rate – November 30, 2016
Apple Pay messaging at point-of-sale drives 135% increase in mobile payments usage – November 21, 2016
Apple Pay at two years: Not much to celebrate – yet – October 20, 2016
Apple Pay’s frequency of usage is putrid – August 3, 2016
Apple Pay and wannabes must offer perks to grow – December 14, 2015
Starbucks, KFC, and Chili’s to accept Apple Pay this year – October 8, 2015
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


    1. Many smaller merchants take Apple Pay. They just don’t know it. Three stores in my area have new chip readers and I tried Apple Pay. It went thru, no problem. Unless it’s turned off, it should run. Try it some time.

  1. I had commented a while ago. McD was having trouble in our area with Apple Pay. I did communicate with them, sales, staff, and HQ. It looks like they finally got it figured out. This is the new POS contactless payment terminals where the chip reading has been activated and have the blue background behind their logo.

    May seem like not a big deal. As a customer of any business you need to voice up, tell them what you want. They tend to get so little feedback that any one voice tends to get some attention. Don’t be afraid to cal HQ, because the clerks tend to not communicate up. Or someone else behind them drops the ball. Just saying.

    Be an activist – but not an asshole.

  2. And yet, we’re still waiting for Home Depot to turn it back on after it was disabled to “make sure their customers had the same great experience everywhere” or some hogwash ..

  3. So how does this compare to chip enabled payments or online payments. Last I heard for online, Apple Pay is far behind Amazon and Google Pay not to mention the leader Paypal for online payment services that abstract the payment method into tokens during purchase transactions. More and more retail transactions are online these days after all.

  4. One thing will slow the transition is the fact that many merchants have upgraded to chip card readers without the wireless capability necessary for Apple Pay. Those wireless won’t be deployed for another generation of POS boxes.

    I will say that Apple got into wireless payments at the right time.

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