Good news for Mactrast readers in the United Kingdom, Apple Pay terminals can now accept mobile payments above £30. Previously, the terminals were limited to £30 or below, due to concerns about fraud when a PIN isn’t used.
In a report by The Telegraph on Sunday, Jennifer Bailey, head of Apple’s payments service, said over half of the compatible terminals in the U.K. are now able to accept payments over the former £30 limit.
The upgrades, which Ms Bailey said applied to hundreds of thousands of terminals, means shoppers in many places can make payments of any value without taking their wallet with them.
Apple’s Touch ID approval system used by iPhone owners offers the extra security needed to conquer fears of fraud when making a contactless payment for goods or services.
While contactless payments have struggled a bit to gain a toehold in the marketplace, Apple says Apple Pay transactions in the U.K. have grown by 300% in the past year. “Our momentum has been fantastic. We’re really excited about the progress,” Bailey said.
“We think the majority of the contactless terminals [in the UK] are now limitless,” Bailey continued. Retailers now accepting payments of more than £30 include Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. Restaurants now accepting payments for the higher amounts include Pizza Express and Nando’s.