If you’re an iPhone or Apple Watch owning Barclays customer in the UK, you’ll likely be disappointed to hear the bank will not be offering Apple Pay capabilities to its customers until sometime in early 2016.
MacRumors reports Barclays CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking Ashok Vaswani today told customer Mike Jobson by email that the bank plans to roll out Apple Pay in early 2016.
“We have signed up for ApplePay and will launch it very early in the New Year. We truly value your custom and hope that you continue to bank with us particularly since we are launching this shortly.”
Barclays had tweeted back in July that they were “really excited” about Apple Pay, (really, they were), and would be offering support for it in the near future, but offered no specific timeframe in their tweet.
We are really excited about the launch of Apple Pay and will bring Barclays debit cards and Barclaycard credit cards to Apple Pay in future.
— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK) July 14, 2015
Apple’s U.K. launch of Apple Pay was the first leg of an international rollout for the payments service, with other countries expected to follow, including Canada, China, and other established markets.