iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay Release is Today

iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay Release is Today

  • iOS 8.1 enables Apple Pay in Stores on iPhone 6
  • Apple Pay launches Oct. 20

Apple will release iOS 8.1 today enabling Apple Pay.

Apple Pay launches today in the United States. To use it in a store you need an iPhone 6 and iOS 8.1. The new iOS 8.1 release is going to be released today, likely around 10am PDT.

For shopping in stores, Apple Pay will work with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and with Apple Watch only. For online shopping within apps, Apple Pay is available on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Users should contact their bank to determine their card’s eligibility, some banks /4/not support all card types. 

In addition to the 262 Apple retail stores in the US, availability from leading retailers at launch include: Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Babies”R”Us, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bloomingdale’s, Champs Sports, Chevron and Texaco retail stores including ExtraMile, Disney Store, Duane Reade, Footaction, Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Macy’s, McDonald’s, Nike, Office Depot, Panera Bread, Petco, RadioShack, RUN by Foot Locker, SIX:02, Sports Authority, SUBWAY, Toys”R”Us, Unleashed by Petco, Walgreens, Wegmans and Whole Foods Market. In addition, many others will add support this year, such as Anthropologie, Free People, Sephora, Staples, Urban Outfitters, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and more.

“Our team has worked incredibly hard to make Apple Pay private and secure, with the simplicity of a single touch of your finger,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The reaction to Apple Pay has been amazing. We continue to add more Apple Pay ready banks, credit card companies and merchants, and think our users will love paying with Apple Pay.”

Besides Apple Pay, iOS 8.1 also brings Continuity features and iCloud Photo Library.

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