APPLE PAY suffered its first major glitch on Wednesday, the firm has admitted, leaving users unable to sign-up to the iPhone payments service.
A report at 9to5Mac said that the Apple Pay downtime began at around 9am on Wednesday, and Apple acknowledged on its System Status page that the balls-up saw "some users unable to add Visa debit and credit cards to Apple Pay".
No other credit card providers, such as Discover or American Express, were affected, and those who already had Apple Pay set up on their device could use the service to buy Big Macs and overpriced coffee as usual. Unless, like us, your Touch ID sensor no longer works.
The glitch took Apple around seven hours to sort out, according to the report.
This is the first major glitch to affect Apple's contactless payments service, but it follows a widespread outage that struck Apple's App Store, iCloud and iTunes services last week.
The Apple Pay downtime comes just a week after Barclays let slip that the bank will finally offer support for the service in March.
Barclays has been the only major UK bank to not offer support for Apple's contactless payments service, which debuted in July last year.
The bank inadvertently confirmed last week that support for Apple Pay is on its way after chief executive Ashok Vaswani emailed an impatient customer on 12 January to confirm that they will be able to use their iPhone to make payments via Barclays in "60 to 75 days".
This means, if our maths is up to scratch, that Apple Pay support will arrive at Barclays between 13 March and 28 March.
It remains unclear why Barclays has yet to offer support for the service, but the firm has suggested previously that a disagreement over terms prevented it supporting Apple Pay from the start. µ
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