Apple Pay announced as new NFC payment system for iPhone 6

Apple has announced Apple Pay, an all-new mobile payment system which debuts on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The system works by NFC and lets you make contactless and secure payments with the iPhone - no need to use your credit or debit cards.

The system is backed up by the Touch ID fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to keep payments safe.

Cards can be stored on the iPhone by taking a picture of it; once verified by your bank, the cards details are added to the iOS Passbook app. Payments are then made by simple tapping the top of the iPhone against the point-of-sale.

As previous rumoured, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are all on board with Apple Pay.

The transaction is between the user, the merchant and their bank only - Apple does not know what you buy or how much you spend.

Apple Pay is starting in the US, where Apple claims the system will work with 83% of credit card volume in the US. The system is coming to Disney, Nike, Subway, McDonalds, Apple Stores and many more retailers before Christmas. No word yet on what Apple Pay will be available in the UK.

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