Apple Pay has just gone live, thanks to the latest iOS update to version 8.1.
This system promises to make payments simple. Just add your credit card to your smartphone and then you'll be able to use any contact less payment terminal. At least in theory. Here's a video which shows how the process actually works in real life.
It all seems simple and seamless, actually delivering on the promises made by Apple and using the built-in Touch ID to make sure that security concerns are a thing of the past. The sheer speed of the activity comes as a bit of a surprise but I suppose to the terminal the iPhone just looks like a regular credit or debit card. And it all seems to work on a wide array of machines.
Right now Apple Pay is only available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though the Apple Watch will also feature the functionality when it arrives in 2015. More significantly, the service doesn't currently work outside of the United States though recently it was revealed that Visa is working on introducing it to Europe.
More news as we get it.