13 March 2020
Apple has announced the expansion of Apple Pay Express Mode to London Underground transit service in the United Kingdom. It is a mode that makes the traveling experience more seamless and hassle-free as it eliminates the need for authentication. It will allow users to make use of Apple Pay by simply tapping the iPhone or Apple Watch on the yellow card reader.
As of now, transit users have to take out their iPhone/Apple Watch and authenticate the transaction using Face ID or Touch ID. It can be a problematic situation during peak hours when there can be long queues. With Express Mode enabled, Apple Pay will not ask you to authenticate yourself and will process the traveling fare straightway.
If you own more than one card, you can choose to have one card set as the default payment method for the Apple Pay Express Mode and any other as a default option for all other transactions. To enable the mode and set default payment method, you simply need to visit Settings -> Wallet & Apple Pay -> Express Travel Card and change None option to your preferred payment option.
This particular Apple Pay mode works with iPhone 6S or above and iPhone SE running at least iOS 12.3. As for Apple Watch owners, it works with all models with watch OS 5.2.1 or higher. It further works with Power Reserve mode but only up to five hours of entering the mode. The extra battery backup mode is available only on iPhone XR or above.