Last month, we reported that Apple does not like alternatives to App Store and Apple Pay. Well, it looks like that is indeed true as the brand went ahead and brought its service to South Africa. Apple today announced that it is bringing its contactless payment service to the country. The company’s offering will directly compete with Samsung Pay that was launched way back in 2018.
Apple brings its contactless payment to South Africa!
With the pandemic, the country has witnessed a sudden rise in online and digital payment solutions. In fact, the coronavirus crisis has also shifted buyers to e-commerce platforms. The same trend was spotted all across the globe. In order to leverage the opportunity, Apple decided to bring its Apple Pay to the country. Sadly, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker didn’t reveal any other details.
Apple has partnered with three banks to bring the service to the country. These banks are a part of the Discovery group and go by the name – Absa Group, Nedbank Group, and Discovery Bank. This means that users of any of the three banks will be able to load their cards on Apple Wallet. Customers using Apple Pay will still be able to receive all the rewards and benefits that the bank originally offers.
The arrival of Apple Pay in South Africa has attracted a lot of attention on Twitter. Just after the announcement, users decided to take to the platform to share the excitement. While some tweeted about being able to load their cards, others tweeted shared screenshots of being able to set up the accounts.
How to set up and use Apple Pay
If you’re wondering how you can set up Apple Pay on your iPhone, then here’s a small guide explaining the steps.
- Open up the Apple Pay app
- Tap on the Plus icon to add cards
- Follow the simple on-screen steps to add credit or debit cards
That’s it! Once you’re done with the addition of cards, you can go ahead and start using the service. For those who’re unaware, you can set up authentication methods as well such as Face ID, TouchID, or device passcode. To top things off, you can also use a one-time unique dynamic security code. Lastly, you can use the service on your iPhone or Apple Watch to make contactless payments.