CVS Pharmacy Finally Begins Accepting Apple Pay

With CVS stubbornly refusing to accept Apple Pay despite all of its payment terminals supporting NFC, it was suspected that the feature would just never be available at the company’s stores. However, Apple today sent an email out confirming that yes, i…

With CVS stubbornly refusing to accept Apple Pay despite all of its payment terminals supporting NFC, it was suspected that the feature would just never be available at the company's stores. However, Apple today sent an email out confirming that yes, indeed, Apple Pay is now accepted at CVS.


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Apple Pay arrives at CVS stores in the United States

You can now use Apple Pay to buy prescriptions and other items at the nation’s No.1 pharmacy, CVS. The news was first announced in July.

Back in July, Apple said Apple Pay would finally arrive at CVS retail stores before the end of the year. It seems that process is now in full swing. According to AppleInsider, a “large number” of CVS stores now support Cupertino’s mobile payment and digital wallet service.

CVS, the largest pharmacy in the United States, has long been a hold-out for Apple Pay. Back in 2014, in fact, it went as far as shutting down NFC access in stores so Apple’s payment system couldn’t be used by customers. It later joined CurrentC, a now-defunct merchant-supported payment platform which it hoped would compete against Apple Pay.

In recent weeks, 7-Eleven also joined the growing ranks of merchants who accept Apple Pay. In September, it’s 9,400 U.S.-based stores began offering Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Holdouts remain, however, Two of the biggest retailers in the U.S. still don’t accept Apple Pay: Target and Walmart.

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Apple Pay has been confirmed to launch soon in Saudi Arabia

Apple Pay, Cupertino’s mobile payments service on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, is coming soon to the 32 million people market of Saudi Arabia with initial support from the Saudi Payments Network.

The mobile payments service Apple Pay is coming to Saudi Arabia soon

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Apple and Google Pay are finally coming to 7-Eleven this month

Sure, 7-Eleven’s never been particularly well-known for being on the bleeding edge — expect, perhaps, in its quest to push the boundaries of human beverage consumption. Still, the Japanese-owned convenience mega-chain has been notably slow on the uptake of mobile payment technology. The company announced today that it will finally be bringing Apple Pay and […]

Sure, 7-Eleven’s never been particularly well-known for being on the bleeding edge — expect, perhaps, in its quest to push the boundaries of human beverage consumption. Still, the Japanese-owned convenience mega-chain has been notably slow on the uptake of mobile payment technology.

The company announced today that it will finally be bringing Apple Pay and Google Pay to “most” of its U.S. stores, starting this month. Interestingly, Samsung beat its two major competitors to the Slurpee slinger — likely the two companies reached some sort of mutually beneficial exclusivity agreement to help push the Galaxy maker’s payment system.

CEO Tim Cook announced earlier this summer that arrival at 7-Elevens was imminent, along with the CVS pharmacy chain. The addition of the payment options should go a ways toward helping mainstream this manner of mobile payment among many users. The company has more than 66,000 locations in 17 countries. The U.S. currently makes up about 14 percent of that market.

But where mobile payments have been associated with higher-scale retail outlets, the addition of a chain like 7-Eleven represents a more populous outreach among the more than three-quarters of Americans who currently own smartphones.

Apple celebrates America’s national parks with two new promotions

Apple has announced two new promotions that advance the continued use and maintenance of America’s national park system. The promotions start soon.

Apple has announced two new promotions that advance the continued use and maintenance of America’s national park system. One involves it making a donation for each Apple Pay purchase while the other is a new Apple Watch Activity Challenge that was previously leaked. ... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple to launch a National Parks donation program via Apple Pay

Apple today announced a pair of initiatives that will allow its customers to support America’s National Parks. Starting tomorrow, August 24, and continuing through the 31st, Apple says it will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made using Apple Pay online at apple.com, or through the Apple Store app in the […]

Apple today announced a pair of initiatives that will allow its customers to support America’s National Parks. Starting tomorrow, August 24, and continuing through the 31st, Apple says it will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made using Apple Pay online at apple.com, or through the Apple Store app in the U.S. It’s also introducing a National Park-themed Apple Watch Activity Challenge to accompany the donation program.

Starting on September 1, Apple Watch users worldwide who either walk, run, or do a wheelchair workout of 50 minutes or more will earn an Activity app award and stickers that are inspired by national parks. The 50 minutes is a tribute to Redwood National Park’s 50th anniversary, which is this year.

Related to these efforts, the App Store will also feature a round-up of some of the best apps to use to explore the U.S. National Parks.

Apple says the proceeds from the donation program will support the National Park Foundation’s mission to protect national parks. This includes projects focused on habitat restoration, historic preservation, and the Open OutDoors for Kids program.

“America’s national parks are treasures everyone should experience, and we’re proud to support them again this month by donating a dollar for every purchase made with Apple Pay at one of our stores,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, in a statement about the program. “These awe-inspiring places are our national inheritance, and Apple is doing our part to pass them on to future generations — just as extraordinary, beautiful and wild as we found them.”

The company also took the time today to highlight the success of a related initiative, saying it has protected and created enough sustainably managed forests to cover its current and future paper use. In partnership with The Conversation Fund, Apple has protected 36,000 acres of U.S. forests that are sustainably managed, it noted.

This is not the first time Apple has hosted such a challenge for the U.S. National Parks.

Last year, it ran the same event, making mention of the fact that Apple Pay was accepted at some national parks, like Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Muir Woods National Monument, for example. The event itself now has political undertones, given the current administration’s rethinking of national parks, and its interest in deregulating the oil and gas extraction on public lands.

Costco now supports Apple Pay across all of its US stores

Apple has landed a big new partner for Apple Pay in the U.S. after Costco began accepting the mobile payment service across 750 stores. The retailer plans to include support at its gas stations, but that isn’t yet complete. The rollout — first reported by MacRumors — follows limited trials at selected Costco outlets, including […]

Apple has landed a big new partner for Apple Pay in the U.S. after Costco began accepting the mobile payment service across 750 stores. The retailer plans to include support at its gas stations, but that isn’t yet complete.

The rollout — first reported by MacRumors — follows limited trials at selected Costco outlets, including a warehouse near its corporate headquarters in Washington.

This new partnership comes hot on the heels of Apple’s landing similar deals with CVS and 7-Eleven. The deal with CVS is particularly notable since the retailer had held off on supporting the Apple service, to the point that it even developed its own alternative that is based on barcodes. Apple also secured a deal this summer to add Apple Pay support to eBay which gives it more breath among online retailers, too.

The service is operational in 30 international markets and, in the U.S., it is tipped to account for half of all contactless payments operated by an OEM by 2020, according to a recent analyst report.

The market for such services — which includes Samsung Pay, Google Pay and others — is tipped to reach 450 million consumers. Apple, though, is already seeing the benefits. Apple Pay is part of the company’s ‘services’ division which recorded revenue of $9.6 billion in the last quarter, that’s up 31 percent year-over-year.

Another video highlights making Apple Pay Cash payments through text

Fighting over who gets to pay for dinner has never been more fun with Apple Pay Cash.

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Apple announces Apple Pay for Germany, will support all major banks

Apple quietly announced last night the arrival of Apple Pay in Germany. But will your bank support Apple Pay? Let’s find out below. Apple Pay comes to Germany Yesterday’s announcement of the third-quarter financial results in Apple’s …

Apple quietly announced last night the arrival of Apple Pay in Germany. But will your bank support Apple Pay? Let’s find out below. Apple Pay comes to Germany Yesterday’s announcement of the third-quarter financial results in Apple’s fiscal year 2018 brought a big surprise for German iPhone users. Tim Cook confirmed that Apple Pay will finally arrive in Germany. Though Apple did not provide any information as to when exactly Apple Pay will become functional in Germany, it is touted to be released later this year. If you are a German national, you can expect a launch sometime in December.

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Apple Pay is finally coming to CVS and 7-Eleven, and will soon expand to Germany

Longtime Apple Pay holdout CVS will finally be adding support for Apple’s mobile payments platform this fall, along with 7-Eleven, Apple CEO Tim Cook said this afternoon on the company’s earnings call. The news is particularly notable because CVS was one of the first major retailers to snub Apple Pay, choosing instead to launch its […]

Longtime Apple Pay holdout CVS will finally be adding support for Apple’s mobile payments platform this fall, along with 7-Eleven, Apple CEO Tim Cook said this afternoon on the company’s earnings call. The news is particularly notable because CVS was one of the first major retailers to snub Apple Pay, choosing instead to launch its own barcode-based mobile payments solution “CVS Pay” back in 2016, following the failure of the retailer-backed Apple Pay rival CurrentC.

CVS Pay had become the first mobile payments solution the pharmacy chain adopted, after having purposefully avoided support for Apple Pay or any other rival NFC (tap to pay) technologies at its register. The company believed there was value in offering its own end-to-end solution to customers that combined both payments and loyalty, it had said.

In addition, CVS had earlier backed an Apple Pay alternative called CurrentC, which was developed by the merchant consortium MCX, led by major retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Rite Aid and others. The QR code-based payments solution was designed to challenge Apple’s potential dominance in mobile payments. Many of the retailers even blocked Apple Pay at their stores in advance of bringing CurrentC to market.

However, CurrentC eventually failed and the technology was sold off to JPMorgan Chase in 2017. Some of its backers — like Best Buy and Rite Aid — had also relented, by allowing Apple Pay into their stores. But CVS did not. It instead moved forward with its own solution.

That it has now decided to also support Apple Pay is a major win for Apple, as is the addition of 7-Eleven to the list of retailers that will soon offer Apple Pay at checkout.

The retail expansions weren’t the only big Apple Pay news announced on the call.

Cook also said that Apple Pay would launch in Germany — but didn’t offer a timeframe for this launch beyond “later this year.” And he noted that Apple Pay saw more than 1 billion transactions in the third quarter of 2018. That’s triple the number from a year ago, and more mobile transactions than Square and PayPal, he noted.

The news follows a new forecast released by Juniper Research which now estimates Apple’s Pay will account for 1 in 2 contactless mobile wallet users (in OEM-provided wallets) by 2020.

With its expansions, Apple Pay’s global traction is growing. The service is now live in 24 markets worldwide, with more than 4,900 bank partners. Apple Pay will also go live on eBay in the U.S., Cook said, as previously announced by eBay last week.