Apple’s iOS 8.1 update earlier today enabled Apple’s electronic payments service, Apple Pay, on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. A new video shows an iPhone 6 user paying for his lunch at McDonald’s via Apple Pay.
Making an Apple Pay purchase is so simple that giving a food order becomes the most lengthy part of the ordering process. As seen in the video created by YouTube user John Ross, McDonald’s payment systems are set up to accept contactless payments.
Ross places his order, and his iPhone 6 automatically opens the Chase credit card he has stored in Passbook as he nears the payment terminal. There is a slight delay in the actual transaction as the cashier apparently forgot to push a button on her end, and then Ross holds his iPhone near the payment terminal while holding his finger on the Touch ID button. In mere seconds, Ross has paid for his food, and received a confirmation beep on his device, and the transaction data is displayed directly on the screen of his iPhone.
The transaction was completed, with the cashier never laying eyes any of Ross’s credit card information.
Apple Pay at retail locations is available only via the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as they are the only Apple handsets to include NFC capabilities required by the merchant’s point-of-sale systems. The upcoming Apple Watch will also include NFC capabilities.