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Barclays narrows Apple Pay launch date

27 JAN 2016

Barclays, the last leading UK bank not supporting Apple Pay, said it will enable its customers to access the service within two months.

Responding to an enquiry from a user, Ashok Vaswani, the CEO of personal and corporate banking at Barclays, emailed back: “We will launch Apple Pay, as committed, within the next 60 to 75 days”. The email was sent on 12 January.

The story was covered by Wired.

Previously, the same executive responded to a customer email in the autumn by saying Barclays would support Apple Pay “in early 2016”. The latest launch date will be before the end of March.

Meanwhile, Barclays and its Barclaycard unit have been intent on developing an in-house payments strategy, including a HCE-based contactless payment app based on Android, and the bPay range of wearable payment devices.

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