Apple’s m-payments service will launch with the backing of several UK banks when it arrives next month, the company revealed at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
HSBC, NatWest, Nationwide, RBS and Santander head the list of those that have all signed up, with Coutts, Halifax and Lloyds amongst those to follow this autumn, Apple said.
Credit and debit cards from American Express, MasterCard and Visa Europe will all be supported.
Apple Pay, which allows users to make contactless payments using their iPhone’s TouchID sensor, was unveiled last September.
It will be accepted by a number of major high street retailers and will also be supported by Transport for London.
The payments system will also be supported in a number of mobile apps, including those from Airbnb, Argos, British Airways and taxi firm Addison Lee.
In total, over 250,000 locations in the UK will accept Apple Pay at launch, Apple claimed.
Eddy Cue, SVP of Internet Software and Services at Apple, said: “Apple Pay has quickly become a big part of millions of users’ everyday shopping routines, providing a simpler, faster and more secure way to pay.
“We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants and many of our users’ favourite apps.”
CCS Insight Analyst Geoff Blaber commented: “Apple Pay is a clear example of where numbers count. Apple’s scale gives it an inherent advantage over rivals and it’s one of the few apps that really does unlock new potential when it is always available on your wrist.
“The company has done well to win support from London's transportation system, as Apple Pay launches in UK, it offers a large installed base of users immediate benefit on a daily basis"
The launch of Apple Pay in the UK came alongside announcements regarding new software for the company’s iPhone and Watch devices.
Apple also announced a new music streaming service at WWDC 15.
Apple Music combines a live radio station from Apple with music from users’ personal collections - such as iTunes and ripped CDs - and brings it together into a single app.
The service will be available on iOS devices from June 30 and will also be coming to Android devices this autumn.