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Barclays won’t be supporting Apple Pay in the UK

Apply Pay might be coming to the UK next month, but it’s been confirmed that Barclays customers won’t see the immediate benefit.

It was revealed at last night’s WWDC conference that Apple Pay would be coming to the UK in July, marking this country out as only the second territory to receive the service after the US.

“With the grand momentum of Apple Pay in the US, we are now excited to confirm that we are bringing Apple Pay to the UK, and it’s coming next month,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s VP of Online Stores, from up on stage.

However, when Apple provided a list of cooperating banks on stage, major player Barclays was nowhere to be seen. HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Natwest are on board, as are 70 per cent of UK debit cards – but not Barclays.

Sure enough, Barclays has since confirmed through its Twitter account that it won’t be supporting Apple Pay at launch.

“Thanks for your tweets this evening. We can assure you that we’ve been talking with Apple about how our customers could use Apple Pay in addition to our existing mobile and payment services, and that these talks remain constructive” reads the two tweets on the matter.

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It seems Apple’s terms weren’t to the bank’s liking. Which is curious, given that Barclaycard, a part of the wider Barclays group, supports Apple Pay in the US.

The language used, as well as the company’s cooperation elsewhere, suggests that UK Barclays customers can be hopeful of a deal some way down the line. But seemingly not at launch.

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