Apple Pay now supported by ‘thousands’ of apps

Apple tells Quartz that Apple Pay, its mobile payment system, is now supported by “thousands” of apps. Among the purported benefits: faster checkouts for customers and a greater likelihood that they’ll complete a transaction after putting something in their online shopping cart.

“[Adding Apple Pay] was one of the things we’ve been dying to do and we’ve been thinking about it since we launched our app in July [2015]. Anecdotally, our customers have definitely been asking for it,” Ilia Papas, co-founder and CTO of on-demand meal kit app Blue Apron, told Quartz. Heannounced today that the app adding the payment option.

What’s more, Apple has reached the 1,000 mark for the number of U.S. card issuers supporting Apple Pay, “a figure continuing to outpace the number of retail chains supporting the platform,” notes AppleInsider. Apple Pay is usable at over two million locations, but to date, the number of supporting U.S. retail chains is still “a fraction of the number of issuers,” the article notes. 

This should improve somewhat this year, thanks to the addition of merchants like Au Bon Pain, Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, JCPenney, Starbucks, and KFC. Apple Pay works with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.