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HSBC and First Direct add Apple Pay support

UK bank HSBC and its subsidiary First Direct have finally joined the Apple Pay program.

It’s been two weeks since Apple’s mobile payment system came to the UK, but implementation has been surprisingly slow from many of the institutions that had signed up to support it.

One of the most high profile of these institutions was HSBC. However, as Engadget reports, the bank has now added support for Apple Pay. This also means that First Direct is finally onboard.

HSBC isn’t the only bank to lag behind in the Apple Pay banking stakes. After initially appearing set to give Apple Pay a miss in favour of its own bPay system, Barclays came out and pledged to add Apple Pay support “imminently” just days before its UK launch.

Halifax, TSB, and Bank of Scotland have also been slow with their Apple Pay implementation, while Lloyds has claimed that it will be adding support this autumn.

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

Apple Pay is intended to allow you to make payments using your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or the iPhone 5 generation of devices in conjunction with the Apple Watch.

Support has been advertised from a number of major shops, restaurants, and transport services, including Boots, H&M, TFL, London Taxi, Burger King, Marks & Spencer, Virgin Atlantic, and Pret a Manger.

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

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