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Apple Pay UK gets Lloyds and Halifax support

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Apple Pay in the UK has finally secured support from two of the country's biggest banks: Lloyds and Halifax.

Apple's mobile payment system officially launched in the UK in mid-July, but the country's biggest banking institutions have been a little tardy with their support.

Matters have steadily improved over the ensuing weeks, with HSBC and First Direct joining towards the end of July.

Now Lloyds and Halifax customers can also use Apple Pay. As 9to5mac notes, this brings the total number of UK banks that support Apple Pay up to 11: American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Halifax, Lloyds, NatWest, NationWide, MBNA, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and Ulster.

In fact, just about the only major name to be missing from the list right now is Barclays, despite promising that it would be adding support "imminently" two whole months ago.

Of course, Barclays has been pushing its own bPay mobile payment system pretty hard in recent months, so its lack of interest in bolstering a rival offering isn't too much of a surprise.

Read More: Apple Pay in the UK - What is it and how does it work?

Apple Pay lets you make payments using your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or the iPhone 5 generation of devices in conjunction with the Apple Watch. Naturally, it will also work with the recently announced iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

There's support for Apple Pay from a number of major UK retailers, restaurants, and transport services. The ever-growing list includes Boots, H&M, TFL, London Taxi, Burger King, Spar, Marks & Spencer, Virgin Atlantic, Costa, Lidl, and Pret a Manger, among others.

Costcutter, Dune, Eat, and JD Sports are listed on the Apple website as "coming soon."

See out how we got on with Apple Pay following its UK launch:

Colin Shedden

September 11, 2015, 10:28 am

Co-Op & Smile also missing :(

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