Apple Pay will be available in the UAE very soon
Apple has just announced that it will be launching Apple Pay in the UAE.
The nifty feature will allow the thousands of Apple users in the region to pay for their services without having to use physical cash, debit or credit cards.
With Apple Pay, all users have to do is scan their iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac (would look pretty odd but hey, why not…) using one of the many contactless terminals already available in the region.
Once the device has been scanned, and you have used your Touch ID to confirm the transaction, the required amount will be reduced from the bank card that you used to set up your iTunes account.
The app can also be used to pay for Uber or Careem rides and to pay for items purchased online.
Apple Pay will be available to all Apple users with accounts at one of the six banks listed; Emirates NBD, Mashreq Bank, HSBC, RakBank, Standard Chartered and Emirates Islamic.
Speaking on the news, the Vice President of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey said: “We know our customers in the UAE will love the added convenience and security Apple Pay brings, and we can’t wait for them to start making easier and more private payments soon.”
With Apple having just launched the iPhone X, you could be making said contactless payments on your brand new phone – that is if you have a AED4,099 to spare…
If you missed the launch of the iPhone X last night (Tuesday, September 12), here’s what you need to know…
- It doesn’t have a home button – you can now flick an open app upwards to return to the home screen.
- It charges wirelessly both with Apple’s AirPower pad and with existing Qi chargers.
- It will use Face ID rather than Touch ID to unlock your phone – better not do anything to your face.
- It boasts a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge AMOLED screen.
- It has a quad HD+ display with a 2436 x 1125 resolution.
- There’s a 12 megapixel dual-lens camera.
- It can charge 50% of its battery in half an hour.
- The battery life should last two hours longer than the iPhone.
- It has an Animoji feature. Similar to Snapchat’s face-mapping filter, it lets you animate the emoji catalogue using your face.
- The 64GB phone will cost AED4,099 and the 256GB version costs AED4,729.
- It launches officially on Friday, 3 November, but pre-orders begin a week earlier, on 27 October.