APPLE will reportedly launch its NFC mobile payments service, Apple Pay, in the US on 18 October.
That's according to a leaked memo from Walgreens obtained by Macrumours, which appears to confirm that Apple Pay will launch later this week, allowing shoppers in the US to pay for goods using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus handset. The Apple Watch will also support Apple Pay when it goes on sale next year.
The memo, sent to Walgreens employees, reads: "In preparation for the launch of Apple Pay on October 18, we would like you to cover the following material included in the tasks before activation.
"Customers that participate in Apple Pay will immediately be able to use the service that is easy, secure and ensures their privacy."
As noted by Macrumours, it's unusual for Apple to plan a launch for a Saturday, so it could be that Apple Pay will launch following the firm's 16 October event, where the iPad Air 2 is tipped to make its official debut, before making its debut at Walgreens.
However, this does suggest that other US retailers will also begin accepting Apple Pay later this week. Apple has named McDonald's, Macy's and Staples as among the first to support the service.
What's more, the date is unlikely to refer to a UK launch either. While unconfirmed, Visa told The INQUIRER back in September that Apple Pay will arrive with merchants in Europe next year. No exact launch date has yet been mentioned, but fingers are pointing to the middle of 2015.
Apple has yet to comment on the speculation, but we are likely to hear more on 16 October. µ
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