Apple Pay May Launch in the Netherlands and Poland Later This Year

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In addition to Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates, Apple Pay may launch in the Netherlands and Poland later this year.


    Dutch blog One More Thing, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter, claims that ING will be the first bank to offer Apple Pay in the Netherlands. Virtual bank Bunq also supposedly plans to support Apple Pay.

    Rabobank, one of the largest banks in the Netherlands, reportedly hasn't yet taken any concrete steps towards Apple Pay.

    Apple has translated Apple Pay support pages on its website to Dutch and French for the Netherlands and Belgium. Apple Pay was already rumored to launch in Belgium in May, but five months have passed and it has yet to happen.

    The report cites one source who claims Apple Pay could launch in the Netherlands on November 2, but the blog could not confirm the date.

    Apple's fourth quarter earnings results are scheduled for the same day, so it's possible that Apple will use the subsequent conference call as an opportunity to announce the next wave of Apple Pay launch countries.

    MacRumors also received an anonymous tip today with an alleged screenshot of Apple Pay being tested on an iPhone in Poland.

    The screenshot shows a Mastercard from PKO Bank Polski, suggesting that bank could be the first to support Apple Pay in the country. However, it could also be a placeholder card for Apple's internal testing only.


    The tipster said Apple Pay should be ready to launch in Poland by the end of this year, but we're unable to confirm the authenticity of this information.

    Apple Pay vice president Jennifer Bailey has previously said Apple is "working rapidly" to expand Apple Pay to additional countries in Europe and Asia. According to Apple's services chief Eddy Cue, that could soon include India.

    Apple Pay is currently available in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong, Russia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

    (Thanks, Burak Polat!)

    Article Link: Apple Pay May Launch in the Netherlands and Poland Later This Year
  2. Berti10 macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2012
  3. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    INDIA !! C'mon !! भार में जा ||
  4. Deemr macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2014
    Sparkassen will have a hard time to join ApplePay.

    These are all small individual banks, contracting would be a desaster. I don’t see Apple to contract each small Sparkasse individually.

    Also the registtation process would be a hell. Since ApplePay is using image recognition with the card, ApplePay would have to know all card iterations of all individual Sparkassen. Also some Sparkassen share the card design with other Sparkassen but are individual banks.

    This makes me beleve that we would probably not see a deal with the Sparkassen within the next years.
  5. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    MacRumors should rather do a shortlist of countries not supporting Apple Pay with Germany (and its banks) topping the list.
  6. vatter69 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2013
    In other news - Apple Pay is available in all countries but Germany.
  7. sillert macrumors newbie


    Oct 18, 2017
    Dresden, Germany
    Yeah, I really want it too. It's a shame that one of world's biggest economies does not have Apple Pay. But it's also well known problem of here, see how long it took that credit cards became a common paying option.
  8. H.Finch macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2013
    I really hope this is true, and that it comes to the KNAB bank soon enough (the only bank with reasonable interest rates...)
  9. wbrat macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2014
    I hope it's true with Poland. We've got contactless terminals everywhere here, so the implementation should be quite easy and smooth (as long as apple pay does not require different standard (?)). On the other hand, PKO BP is the last bank I would expect of implementing anything as innovative as Apple Pay. It is rather traditional type of bank, lagging behind the competition in the high-tech area.
  10. patjem macrumors member


    Nov 28, 2007
    Today the La Caixa bank was also released with Apple Pay. Debit and carrier cards
  11. gjveltink macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2013
    Yes, I'm looking forward to Apple Pay in Germany too. And if the "Sparkassen" can't or won't join in then maybe ING DiBa will be one of the early players in Germany. I mean, if they can do it in the Netherlands, they could also do it in Germany, at least on the technical level.
    Keeping my fingers crossed!
  12. D582 macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2015
    Toronto/San Francisco
    The only ‘image recognition’ Apple Pay does during the setup process is an attempt to read the card number, expiry date, and name off the card so you don’t have to type them in manually. It has nothing to do with the actual design of the card. You can always type in the details manually anyways.
  13. BSben macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2012

    Apple are really rubbish for their German customers, and they are obviously losing out as the iPhone in Germany has a much lower user base than the UK for example. There is no public transport in Maps, the News app never made it to Germany, Siri is much less useful in Germany, and then there is Apple Pay.
    However he problem with Apple Pay are the banks. Germans and their banks love cash. Germans prefer to spend money that have got, rather than taking out a loan, or using credit cards. This is a good thing in many ways, but banks earn very little from that. And the last thing the banks want is paying Apple a fee for each transaction. It is a catch 22 on this one, but I am sure that at some point Apple Pay will come to Germany.
    Apple has to become less focused on english speaking countries, they already are saturated with Apple products, but it is the world outside that bubble where they are losing out.
  14. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Still not convinced it's more convenient than the NFC enabled bank debit cards, take card next to the POS, that's it, there's also no need to slide the card into the slot if the amount is higher than 25€, just hold your card against the POS and input your PIN, Apple Pay is not a lot more convenient, it's a bit (more) safer than chip & PIN though.
    Doesn't mean I won't use it if it becomes available at the Rabo Bank though.
  15. Ribitsch macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2017
    Vienna, Austria
    And Austria
    We want ApplePay too! Can’t understand what takes so long
  16. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Banks, for a good reason.
  17. Ribitsch macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2017
    Vienna, Austria
    yeah :(
    But if e.g. ING DiBa in Poland offers it, what other conditions do they want in Austria (we have ING DiBa too)
  18. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    A certain Bank in one country does not mean it has the same management as one with the same name in another country.
  19. catean macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2013
    Timisoara, Romania
    Don’t forget about the watch... now with LTE you can go out without wallet or phone.

    P.S. We are waitting patiently in Romania too !!
  20. iTom17 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2013
    Eindhoven, the Netherlands
    If this is true: finally!!! Been waiting for this from day one. I think Apple Pay has incredible potential here in the Netherlands. And I look forward to be one of the first 'showing off' to the cashiers. :D
  21. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Hmmm. Shortlist. Wouldn't the list of countries that do not support Apple Pay be the long list? The shortlist would be the list of countries that do support Apple Pay. No? Cuz I got a feeling one of those lists is longer than the other.:)
  22. Kyle-K, Oct 18, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2017

    Kyle-K macrumors regular


    Aug 23, 2014
    Geraldton, Western Australia.
    Might be surprised here in Australia, We have a bunch of small credit unions that which are all individual and separate that now offer Apple Pay.

    They all did it at the same time you want to know how they manage that, They didn't handle there Apple Pay implementation individually they were all using the same vendor Cuscal, Cuscal offered Apple Pay to any of their banking or credit unions that were using there backend systems they develop the technology and integrated it in with the current system and then offered as a solution to their clients.

    The smaller banks in Germany I wouldn't be surprised if they use a similar vendor for their systems. One of the largest such providers in Germany is Wirecard and they're definitely familiar with Apple Pay.

    They own and operate "boon." a virtual card for digital wallets available in Germany but they only support android pay currently but in other areas they support Apple Pay.

    The recognition definitely works like that, Also Apple does have a feature but not many banking institution support or use that allows the card to be loaded virtually to wallet without the physical card being present there is also no need for the card to actually physically exist.

    boon. by wirecard and here in Australia there's only one provider supporting this feature as of today and that is ANZ shows how the card can be loaded from their banking app.

    ING, I believe their systems are different in each individual country however they are in a fair few countries that offer Apple Pay here in Australia they offer Apple Pay and I believe they offer Apple Pay in some of the other countries.
  23. IGI2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2015
  24. ThomasPicard macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2016
    Vienna, Austria
    Tja - AUSTRIA is also missing!

    But we even don't have Siri Support on AppleTV yet... ;)
  25. applekrk macrumors newbie


    Oct 19, 2017
    Kraków, Polska, Trzebnica
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