Apple Pay Gains Over 50 New U.S. Banks and Credit Unions

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple updated its Apple Pay participating issuers list today with 51 additional banks, credit unions and financial institutions supporting the contactless payment service in the United States. Apple Pay now has over 950 participating issuers nationwide, and several more plan to support the NFC-based mobile payment service in the future.

    The newly added Apple Pay participating issuers are reflected below, although it's worth noting that some banks, credit unions and financial institutions listed may have already had support for the contactless payments service and are only now being reflected on Apple's website.

    The full list of new Apple Pay participating issuers:
    Achieve Financial Credit Union
    Advantage Federal Credit Union
    Alloy Federal Credit Union
    Altoona First Savings Bank
    Altura Credit Union
    Amalgmated Bank of Chicago
    Associated Credit Union of Texas
    Bank of Ann Arbor
    Beehive Federal Credit Union
    Brand Banking Company
    Business Bank of St. Louis
    Capitol Credit Union
    Charlotte State Bank & Trust
    Citizens Bank (AL)
    Citizens Savings Bank
    Community Credit Union
    Credit Union of Texas
    Earthmover Credit Union
    Employment Security Credit Union
    Family Trust Federal Credit Union
    First Community Bank of Beemer
    First Interstate Bank
    First Service Federal Credit Union
    First State Community Bank
    Fort Community Credit Union
    Georgia Bank and Trust
    HomeStar and Financial Services
    Houston Highway Credit Union
    IDB-IIC Federal Credit Union
    Katahdin Federal Credit Union
    Lion's Share Federal Credit Union
    Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida
    Marine Bank & Trust
    Marine Federal Credit Union
    Monona State Bank
    Navy Army Community Credit Union
    Northway Bank
    Plaza Park State Bank
    Reliant Community Credit Union
    Security Bank and Trust Company
    Silver State Schools Credit Union
    Spencer County Bank
    Summit Community Bank
    Sundance State Bank
    The Commerce Bank of Washington
    Tioga State Bank
    Torrance Community Credit Union
    Total Community Credit Union
    Triangle Credit Union
    United Community Bank
    USNY Bank

    Apple is committed to an international expansion of Apple Pay, having launched the mobile payments service in Australia and Canada in November in partnership with American Express. Apple Pay is also coming to Hong Kong, Singapore and Spain this year, and the service will launch in China in early 2016 in partnership with UnionPay.

    Apple Pay gained support for BJ's Wholesale Club private label credit cards and 66 new U.S. issuers on December 15, plus nearly another 60 issuers on January 5. On the merchant side, Cinnabon, Chili's, Domino's, KFC and Starbucks will support Apple Pay in the U.S. starting this year.

    Article Link: Apple Pay Gains Over 50 New U.S. Banks and Credit Unions
  2. oddnendz macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2007
    Raleigh, NC
    It looks that, according to the NC SECU website, NC State Employees' Credit Union has added Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Finally.....
  3. macnewbie91 macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2015
    I see American merchants are still being pathetic.

    0 new merchants. When was the last time a new merchant partnered with Apple Pay?
  4. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Since my local bank finally got on board with Apple Pay, I've been using it every chance I get. Unfortunately, that hasn't been very often. I'm really stunned by the number of big vendors who won't allow for Apple Pay. Walmart is obvious. But my local Barnes & Noble doesn't offer it. In fact, I'd estimate perhaps 20% of the stores in my area have NFC, let alone Apple Pay. And even at those that do offer it, there are numerous quirks. Transactions at Staples keep getting rejected. My grocery store insists I sign for Apple Pay transactions (which is a bizarre request given how non-secure a signature is compared with Apple Pay). Perhaps Apple is hoping that with a critical mass of banks on board, vendors will have to support it more widely.
  5. mrbrown macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2004
    Ozark, Missouri
    All of my locally owned grocery stores started taking NFC payments, including Apple Pay. They're not "partnered" with Apple, per se... they just upgraded their POS units.
  6. flyingember macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Partnering isn't necessary for it to work with Apply Pay. There's a lot of places enabling it that aren't partnering with Apple.

    I was at a CVS with NFC turned on. It wasn't setup properly, it prompted me to insert the chip instead, but it was turned on.
  7. perealb macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2009
  8. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 46 years ago
    Signatures help with liability. If there's a dispute, the store stands better with one.

    They also might not have updated their terminal software to allow on-device user verification.

    Banks aren't nearly as important as getting the users on board. IIRC, less than 1% (~ 3 million) of the US population regularly try to use Apple Pay. That's a fair number of people, but not critical mass for merchants, especially since many of the current purchases are at places like McDonalds or Whole Foods.

    Perhaps in a few years more people will have a smartphone with NFC payment capability, and things will finally take off.
  9. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    But it seems like those go hand in hand. If your bank doesn't support Apple Pay, you can't use it. So the banks have to come first before users can benefit.
  10. WigWag Workshop macrumors 6502

    WigWag Workshop

    Feb 3, 2011
    Central Ohio (Born and Raised in SE WI)
    The few places locally I do shop at, still do not have Apple Pay yet.
  11. hofer macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2006
    I wish it was so here in Houston. Except for Whole Paycheck and Trader Joes, none of the major grocery stores take Apple Pay. HEB has NFC Readers at all their POS units, but they are turned off.
  12. BurgDog macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2012
    Meh. I made a real good faith attempt to get on board with this. More hassle than it is worth everywhere I tried to use it. Doesn't work on drive-thrus. Most places I shop don't accept it. Walgreens fumbles with rewards card then takes two attempts, first attempt always fails, to recognize card when using Apple Watch. Embarrassing. At least with Walgreens have Express Pay with card on file for prescriptions and stuff bought at same time. I've given up. Credit card for small purchases doesn't require a signature and is actually quicker to use in most cases. Pointless tech with little reason to use it.
  13. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I attempted Apple Pay twice today. At Staples, my iPhone said the transaction went through but the clerk said it was rejected. I had to swipe my card instead. At Radio Shack, their terminal claimed to accept Apple Pay. When I attempted it there, it turned out they didn't even have an NFC terminal installed, and the clerk was completely unaware they even supposedly accepted Apple Pay.

    I wonder if it would do any good to simply cancel the transaction and leave the store if Apple Pay fails or is non-existent. Then again, most of the clerks couldn't care less.
  14. flyingember macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I don't think "supposed to" is true any more.

    Radio Shack is not the same company. They sold everything including the name effective middle of last year.

    I expect they're going to largely become Sprint stores that happens to sell some other items over time.
  15. AManInACan macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2015
  16. kaldezar macrumors regular

    May 28, 2008
    London, England
    Perhaps if you lived in a more advanced country like the UK, you would find that many merchants accept Apple Pay and 99% of the time it works flawlessly. It's hard to believe that many merchants in the US still require a signature despite implementing chip and PIN, a totally pointless waste of time.
  17. Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2012
    It really is, but good to point out they adopted Chip and Signature here in the U.S.....the yanks had to leave the security part off, with all the retail credit card fraud it would've made too much sense to finish the job and implement it.
  18. ActionableMango macrumors 604


    Sep 21, 2010
    No, by definition the banks must come first. I personally would be on board, but my bank doesn't support it yet.

    Absolutely not pointless.

    Apple Pay uses a 1-time secure token for your purchase. Remember all those stolen credit card hacks in the last couple of years? Target? Home Depot? Credit card processing agencies? That's impossible with Apple Pay because your credit card number isn't given to the retailer at all and the token that is provided is only good for a single use.

    If Apple Pay is slower than a swipe/insert + signature, that's not the inherent fault of Apple Pay, it's a pos POS. There are good POS setups that are quite fast. Those shops just don't have their act together.
  19. BurgDog macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2012
    Security improvements are no benefit to me. I'm not on the hook for fraud and it doesn't matter why transactions are more complex than using a credit card, they just are and I don't need to tolerate that just to use the latest tech. Maybe they will get their act together and make my life easier in the future, until then just a pointless toy.

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