Apple Pay could be set to make its way over to Europe this summer.
Apple’s mobile payment system remains a US-only provision at present, despite launching almost exactly seven months ago.
On a visit to Europe in February, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly told staff that Apple Pay would be coming to Europe by the end of the year. This would have been reassuring were it not so vague.
Now, one lose-tongued European bank worker may have cast new light on the matter.
Over on the Twitter account of Belgium’s KBC Bank, a customer asked if Apple Pay support would ever be added to its new NFC payment system. The (translated) response was that “this will be possible as of this summer.”
We should note that KBC has since retracted the previous statement, claiming that “Apple Pay is currently not yet in scope.” However, the possibility remains that the offending tweet was an informed (if accidental) tip off as to Apple’s European plans.
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While Apple claims it’s been a success in its sole US market, there has been considerable resistance from powerful banking institutions keen to muscle in on the mobile payment business and to keep Apple out.