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HSBC: Apple Pay launching in UK tomorrow

Apple Pay could be launching in the UK on tomorrow, according to the tweets of one prominent bank.

We’ve known that Apple’s mobile payment system would be introduced in the UK, after less than a year on the US market. We’ve also know that its arrival is imminent, thanks to a tip from Barclays.

Now, however, HSBC has gone one better and revealed the precise launch date for Apple Pay in the UK. According to the HSBC UK Twitter account, Apple Pay is “due to launch this Tuesday”.

Naturally, that tweet has since been deleted – and naturally that matters not a jot on the internet.

HSBC’s loose-lipped support worker shouldn’t feel too bad, though. 14 July was tipped to be the release date for Apple Pay UK back at the start of the month following leaks from two UK retailers (including Waitrose) and some training documents.

Apple is listing HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, M&S Bank, MBNA, NatWest, Nationwide, Santander, TSB and Ulster Bank as launch partners. Barclays is also now set to join after initially holding back.

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

The UK will be the first market outside of the US to receive Apple Pay. The service will enable payments using the NFC-equipped iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s in conjunction with the Apple Watch.

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