On Tuesday, Apple refreshed their support institutions list for Apple Pay with twelve new banks and credit unions. This list is full of three-hundred institutions around the United States that allow their members to store their cards on their iPhones to purchase content.
The following banks and credit unions were added.
BayPort Credit Union
California Coast Credit Union
Community First Credit Union (CA)
Glenview State Bank
HAPO Community Credit Union
Prestige Community Credit Union
Provident Credit Union
Staley Credit Union
Wood & Huston Bank
In addition, the CEO of Target is very interested in supporting Apple Pay in its stores once the company converts to chip-and-pin. Target currently allow customers to use Apple Pay with its app, but this is limited to products bought online and not in store. The CEO’s goal is to convert to chip-and-pin by the holidays and then look into supporting other payment services, like Apple Pay afterwards. We may see Apple Pay support starting early next year.
On Tuesday, Apple updated their Apple Pay supported institution list to include more than thirty new banks and credit unions and at the same time, another retailer announced they would accept the virtual payment service. There are now more than two-hundred institutions that allow customers to virtually store their credit and debit cards on their iOS devices.
The following banks and credit unions have been added:
1st Financial Federal Credit Union
Bank of Springfield
Box Elder Credit Union
Capitol Federal Savings
Christian Community Credit Union
Community First Credit Union of Florida
Credit Union of Denver
Denver Community Credit Union
Education First Credit Union
Educators Credit Union
Financial Partners Credit Union
First City Credit Union
First Premier Bank
Freedom Credit Union
NASA Federal Credit Union
Numerica Credit Union
PremierOne Credit Union
Purdue Federal Credit Union
Rivermark Community Credit Union
San Francisco Federal Credit Union
Simmons First National Bank
Summit Credit Union
The Citizen Bank of Clovis
UMe Federal Credit Union
University Federal Credit Union
Utah Power Credit Union
Valor Credit Union
Vermont Federal Credit Union
WECU (Whatcom Educational Credit Union)
In addition to the above institutions, the retailer Express will now accept the Apple Pay payment service. They join a few other clothing retailers, like American Eagle and Aeropostale. In the coming months, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie will be accepting the service too.
Earlier today, Apple updated their supported institution list for Apple Pay with thirty-one new banks and credit unions. This now brings the list to over two hundred supporting institutions. The following were just added.
On Wednesday, Apple updated their Apple Pay retailer’s list to reflect ten more businesses that have announced support for the payment service. This brings the list of accepting retailers to 68 merchants.
The following were just added:
Davis Food and Drug
Golden State Warriors
Apple Pay is currently limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but when the Apple Watch comes out on April 24th, the iPhone 5/5s/5c will be able to use the service in conjunction with the watch.
At the beginning of this month, we reported that seventeen new banks and credit unions have announced support for Apple Pay and have been added to the full institution list on Apple’s website. Earlier this week, thirty more banks and credit unions were added to list of more than a hundred supporting institutions. The following were just added.
As told to us at the special media event in early March, Apple Pay is now supported by over 2,500 banks and credit unions in the United States and is accepted at more than 700,000 retailer locations. Recently, Apple added 13 more retailers to their website with 6 others coming soon.
The following retailers were just added:
Dan’s Fresh Market
Dick’s Fresh Market
Lin’s Fresh Market
In addition, the following 6 retailers are coming soon:
Just like Apple’s special media event in September and October of 2014, this event revealed a plethora of new products and updates for many of their product lines. In this post, we explore updates with the Apple TV, iPhone and Apple Pay.
Retail Store Updates
Apple CEO Tim Cook started the Spring Forward special media event by talking about some new figures they have in terms of retail. There are now over 453 Apple Retail Stores in 16 countries. Apple recently made a visit to China to dramatically expand their presence there. Their goal is to open over 40 new stores in China by the end of this year. In the past quarter, over 120 million people worldwide visited their retail stores.
The Apple TV has been a huge success for Apple. To date, Apple has sold over 25 million set-top boxes. It now supports over fifty channels, including the new HBO NOW channel that was announced today. This channel, which will be exclusively found on the Apple TV, will give subscribers access to all of HBO’s original programming like Game of Thrones and all Hollywood blockbusters. The channel will be available starting in early April for a subscription fee of $14.99 per month. Users that sign up for the service in April will get their first month free. The Apple TV also saw a price reduction to only $69.
The iPhone has also been a huge success for Apple and is now the number one selling smartphone in the world. Apple recently sold their 700 millionth iPhone and the newest models (6 and 6 Plus) have a nearly impossible 99% customer satisfaction rate. Cook provided us with updates about CarPlay, the Health app and a new software framework called ResearchKit.
CarPlay takes the important tasks on iPhone, like play music and call friends, and puts it on the car’s built-in display. Apple told us today that every major car brand has committed to delivering Apple Pay and the system will be available on more than forty new car models by the end of this year.
The new Health app, which came with iOS 8, syncs all health data into one centralized app. There are over 900 apps that are integrated with Health. This inspired Apple to reach out to medical professionals to provide a new service called ResearchKit.
ResearchKit is a software framework that is made specifically for medical research. There are five apps currently available on the App Store that will be geared towards certain diseases, like Asthma and Breast Cancer. These apps will become diagnostic tools to help medical professionals obtain more information. Each app will have various tests and other information to help the user diagnose this disease and the data obtained will be used to further medical research. Users will have complete privacy with what information they share. Users can decide whether or not to participate, how their data is shared and Apple will not be able to see the data. ResearchKit is coming in April.
Apple briefly touched upon updates with Apple Pay. Apple Pay has gained a lot of momentum since it was launch in October and is now supported by over 2,500 banks and credit unions. When the service first came out, there were only six supporting banks. Apple has tripled the number of locations that will accept the payment service and Coca-Cola hopes to have over 100,000 vending machines accepting Apple Pay by the end of 2015.
Ahead of the “Spring Forward” special media event next Monday, seventeen new banks and credit unions now support Apple Pay. Currently the payment service is limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but after the Apple Watch comes out, the iPhone 5/5s/5c will be able to use the service in conjunction with the watch. Apple Pay is now supported by over a hundred institutions (full list here).
The following were just added:
Bank of Hawaii
Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
American Airlines Credit Union
Baxter Credit Union
CFE Federal Credit Union
Commonwealth Credit Union
Foothill Credit Union
Founders Federal Credit Union
IBM Southest Employees Federal Credit Union
Lister Hill Credit Union
PenFed Credit Union
Royal Credit Union
Schools First Federal Credit Union
Spokane Teachers Federal Credit Union
Telhio Credit Union
University First Federal Credit Union
West Community Credit Union
If your institution doesn’t yet support Apple Pay, MasterCard and Visa have a list of banks and credit unions that are planned to in the near future here.
With the beginning of each New Year it brings excitement of what lies ahead. Here at DGB, we had an amazing year of growth in 2014 and we’ve enjoyed reporting everything to you. With that in mind, there were a lot of great things to come out of 2014, the perfected iPad Air 2, the larger iPhone 6 and the even bigger iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8. Now with 2015 finally here, I’m starting to get all giddy and a little down about a couple things all at the same time.
First off, the Watch. I can’t even put into words how excited I am to finally get this device in my hands and on my wrist. Yes, I know it’s just a feature watch and I know it’s been done before. What I find most exciting about this device is discovering how well it will integrate into the iOS ecosystem and what third party apps will do to enhance the overall user experience.
There are a few things I’ve thought about involving the Watch but one I seem to continually revisit concerns its capabilities. I really want the Watch to further tap into my VIP list. If you’ve setup favorites and VIP contacts for emails, the Watch needs to be capable of recognizing these settings and allow you to customize how you receive notifications from other iOS devices.
If you’ve taken the time to identify specific priority settings for certain contacts, I feel the Watch should recognize this and allow you to setup notifications accordingly. There are countless times I’ve received texts messages or phone calls from contacts I really didn’t need to dig into my coat, pants pocket or bag to retrieve my iPhone for. The same applies for most of the emails I receive these days. If I’m able to setup the Watch to notify me when specific people are trying to get in contact with me, that’d be excellent.
Pay is amazing and I never get tired of using it. One aspect of Pay I don’t like, more of a minor inconvenience, is digging my enormous iPhone 6 Plus out from its resting place to pay (#firstworldproblem). The Watch will make it even more convenient at the point of sale, which I never thought I’d hear myself say after using Pay the very first time.
I listen to iTunes radio quite a bit and I’m looking forward to discovering how well the Watch functions with iTunes. Will I be able to select or add different radio stations from it or will I be limited to skipping and pausing songs from the Watch?
Just in time for the holidays, Disney has announced that their Walt Disney World parks in the United States will start accepting Apple Pay on Christmas Eve. This isn’t surprising since Apple advertised Disney as one of their initial Apple Pay partners, Disney promised to accept the payment service by Christmas and the CEO of Disney is on Apple’s Board of Directors. Disneyland resorts will support Apple Pay starting in 2015.
Initially, most stores, quick service restaurants, bars and ticket booths will accept Apple Pay. Disney expects that their full-service restaurants will accept the payment service shortly afterwards. All places that accept it will have a visible EMVCo symbol, which Disney describes to be similar to the Wi-Fi symbol.
Apple Pay has taken off very rapidly and it was recently reported that 1% of all digital transactions in November were from Apple Pay. The service currently only works in the United States and with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Once the Apple Watch launches next year, other generations of iPhone in conjunction with the Apple Watch will be able to use Apple Pay. It is also rumored that Apple may be looking to expand into Europe with the service next year.