Going by the information provided by an online leaked internal memo of Walgreens, Apple Pay will go live beginning from Saturday, October 18 in Walgreens stores across US, following the company’s October 16 iPad event.
The Oct 16 event is expected to mark the introduction of some new versions of its iPad Air, iPad mini, iMac, Mac mini and the plans for OS X Yosemite.
The document, addressed to Walgreens employees, says customers who have compatible Apple devices “will immediately be able to use the service.”
Apple Pay, first announced at Cupertino, California on September 9 is a new category of service that will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. With the striking NFC antenna design this service works with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and also with Apple watch and as per the memo it can be done by tapping their devices “to the upper portion of the pinpad to pay for their purchase.”
“Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you’re using Apple Pay in a store, restaurant or other merchant, cashiers will no longer see your name, credit card number or security code, helping to reduce the potential for fraud,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Apple doesn’t collect your purchase history, so we don’t know what you bought, where you bought it or how much you paid for it. And if your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can use Find My iPhone to quickly suspend payments from that device.”
Wallgreens Apple Pay launch on Saturday appears unusual as weekends are the busiest day of the week for retailers which might create a major issue if the payment systems go down. But Apple pay that is meant basically for in-store shopping might provide the customers to give a try. The largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., Apple’s major launch partner Walgreen, promises it to be the easiest, fastest, and most secure payment method you’ve used to date. The company operates more than 8,000 stores in all 50 states.
Apple has already confirmed the support of McDonald’s, Staples, Macy’s, and other big names for Apple Pay.
If you own iPhone 6 and 6 Plus you will just require Apple’s upcoming iOS 8.1 update to use Apple Pay.