During its earnings call earlier this week, Apple touted the continued growth of Apple Pay and announced support for new transit apps and services this year. Now the UK government has started accepting Apple Pay for some online payment services.
As detailed by TVI, the gov.uk website now accepts Apple Pay for four of its online services. Online platforms that support Apple Pay include Global Entry Services, Disclosure and Barring Service Checks, Registered Traveler Service, and e-Visa Waiver Service.
Apple Pay support will be extended to local government, police and the NHS later this year, the report notes.
The gov.uk website launched its online payment platform in 2016, the report explains, with initial support for credit and debit cards. Expanded Apple Pay support means users can rely on Apple’s payment service for an added layer of security and convenience:
Till Wirth, Senior Product Manager of gov.uk Pay, said: “Allowing people to pay for government services via Apple Pay and Google Pay means they won’t have to enter their credit card or debit during payments.
“This innovation will increase the convenience and security of gov.uk Pay for users and hopefully make their online experience much easier.”
Additionally, UK Enforcement Minister Oliver Dowden said that adding Apple Pay support to gov.uk can reduce fraud while making online payments easier for citizens:
“We strive to make access to government services as easy as possible. And the introduction of mobile payment on gov.uk Pay will also make transactions more secure.
“It’s another example of how we’re working smarter as a government – improving services to people as well as reducing fraud and costs.”
Apple Pay on the web works by authenticating you via Touch ID, Face ID, or a paired Apple Watch. The feature was originally launched with macOS Sierra and iOS 10 in 2016 and has gradually been adopted by new websites since then.