Apple Pay now supported by 1,000 U.S. card issuers

Apple 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 reached the 1,000 mark by adding 32 more entries to the Apple Pay roster. stores, 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.