Apple have today announced that their NFC payments solution, Apple Pay, will be introduced to the UK starting in July. The service had previously only been available in the United States, and its introduction into the UK market is backed by partnerships with banks including HSBC, Nationwide, Santander and Natwest, covering 70% of all UK credit and debit cards.

A notable omission from this list is Barclays, who have previously championed phone-based contactless payments. Apple's announcement also puts greater pressure on Google, whose Google Wallet NFC payments are still yet to leave the USA, despite having existed since 2011.

Apple also mentioned that Apple Pay will be functional with London's transport system, something that EE's Cash On Tap was not able to achieve upon launch.

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