Apple is in contact with Irish banks in a bid to find an Apple Pay partner ahead of a potential rollout of the payment technology later this year.
The technology allows iOS device owners to make payments by simply swiping their device across a terminal. Apple is currently in talks with banks in the U.K., and is also apparently in touch with Irish banks.
AIB's chief operating officer, Stephen White, told the Sunday Indo Business that Apple has been talking to all the banks. “It's not for us to say when that might be adopted by us or other banks as we still have a watching brief on it,” he added.
The payment system has been quite popular with banks in the U.S. Approximately 180 US banks and financial institutions have signed up, along with around 68 retail chains and brands.
Apple Pay is expected to arrive in Europe within the next six months. The payment technology is being touted as one of the main benefits of the new Apple Watch.