ROME - Italians have added a new payment method since Wednesday. Apple has launched its payroll service Apple Pay in the southern European country.
Apple's move is not completely unexpected. Rumors about an upcoming launch of Apple Pay in Italy have been taking place for a while. Italians can pay online with their iPhone or Apple Watch when they connect their devices to payment cards from Boon, Carrefour and UniCredit. Apple promises to support more banks later this year.
The condition is that the passes are based on the VISA and MasterCard systems. Precisely for this reason, the rollout of Apple Pay in Europe is slow. In most European countries, payment cards are based on another system, usually Maestro. Payment can be made in Italy at Autogrill, H \u0026 M and Limoni.
Apple Pay is now available in five countries within the European Union. Except in Italy, the service operates in the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and Spain. A launch in the Netherlands seems unpreparable for the time being, Belgium seems to be coming soon.