02 December 2019
Update: May 9, 2019
Bank customers in Iceland can now use Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service for iPhone, iPad Mac, and Apple Watch. International payment solutions company Valitor is said to have helped in pulling in Apple Pay to the country. Also, Landsbankinn and Arion Banki are the first Icelandic banks to announce support for the digital wallet.
Apple Pay is steadily coming to several countries, now it’s teased to come to the Netherland and Portugal as well. Note that the Apple Pay page for the Netherlands is already live.
Apple CEO Time Cook reportedly said in March that Apple Pay will be available in more than 40 countries and regions by the end of 2019.
Original Post (April 4, 2019)
Apple’s mobile payment service, Apple Pay is now officially available in Austria. The system is now supported by the country's largest bank Erste Bank und Sparkasse, and German-based mobile bank N26. Customers will be able to add bank cards to their digital wallet.
Rumours about Apple pay coming to Austria last year, following the launch of the Apple Store in the country. Apple has been facing the biggest challenges in Germany regarding bank fees and control.
Apple Inc says additional Apple Pay partners which will be available in Austria include Bank Austria, Revolut, Boon, Edenred, and VIMPay. Erste Bank und Sparkasse and N26 banks had announced that Apple Pay was coming to Austria last month. The financial institutions which will support the service will be Maestro, Mastercard, and Visa debit and credit cards.
Apple Pay was first launched in the United States in October 2014, and is now available in the UK, Canada, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, France, Japan, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Ireland, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has recently stated that Apple Pay will be available in more than 40 countries and regions by the end of 2019. Tim cook had stated earlier this year, “Mobile payments have taken off slower than I personally would have thought if you asked me sitting here a few years ago,” he said.