It’s the Apple Pay keeps expanding! Recently, the Apple payment system has reached yet another territory and has even gained support in one of the largest public transport systems in the world. Let’s take a look?
The Apple platform has reached yet another Eastern European country, Belarus – 58th territory of the service. There, Apple’s payment system works with the bank BPS-Sberbank – which is the Belarusian branch of the Russian state bank PJSC Sberbank, one of the largest in Europe.
There is still no information on the expansion of Apple Pay to other banks in the country, but – considering the operation of the thing in other countries, such as Brazil – this should not take long.
The second recent news related to Apple Pay was the arrival of the express public transport mode (Express Transit) to the London public transport, one of the largest and most complex in the world. This support had already been announced a few months ago, but only now is it really starting to appear.
It is worth noting that all public transport modes in London already accept the «common» Apple Pay. The express public transport mode is a special option of the service which does not require opening the Wallet app or even unlocking your iPhone / Apple Watch to work; just touch the device to the turnstile and your ticket will be charged to your account immediately, freeing entry. São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro already have support for Apple Pay in some modes of public transport, but not in this mode.
The support, so far, has no official announcement by the City of London or Transport for London (body responsible for the system). It is still a partial inclusion: only a few buses and subway stations are accepting Apple Pay in express mode as a form of payment and, therefore, the whole thing must still be in the testing phase.
via MacRumors, Redmond Pie
Update, for Eduardo Marques Dec 2, 2019 at 11:35
Apple today officially confirmed the arrival of the public express mode of transport to London – entitled to a special page about the resource on the English website and everything!
Paying for London Transport travel is easier with Express Mode for Apple Pay. You do not need to authenticate your payment with Face ID or Touch ID. Just tap your iPhone or Apple Watch on the yellow card reader and you’re done.
To configure the new mode, just go to Settings »Wallet and Apple Pay» Express Public Transport Card, select a card and authenticate with Face / Touch ID or your access code.