Apple on Tuesday announced the launch of Tap to Pay on iPhone in Australia. Tap to Pay on iPhone allows Australian businesses of any size to accept in-person contactless payments on iPhone. From small to medium-sized businesses — including tradies and market stall holders — to large retailers and hospitality groups, merchants in Australia can now use their iPhone to seamlessly and securely accept Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards,1 and other digital wallets using their iPhone and a partner-enabled iOS app — no additional hardware or payment terminal needed.
The Tap to Pay on iPhone feature was first introduced in February 2022. The feature allows users with compatible iPhones to accept payments via Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets.
“Australia is a nation of entrepreneurs and innovators, and small and medium-sized businesses are at the heart of the country’s workforce, employing millions of Australians. Now, with Tap to Pay on iPhone it’s easier than ever for businesses of any size to seamlessly accept contactless payments using only their iPhone, wherever they do business,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet. “The convenience of Tap to Pay on iPhone empowers Australian businesses to offer easy, secure, and private contactless payment experiences to their customers, and help them run and grow their business.”
Westpac and Tyro Payments are the initial payment platforms in Australia supporting Tap to Pay for their business customers. Apple says that additional payment platforms and apps – including ANZ Worldline Payment Solutions, Stripe, Till Payments, and Zeller – will become available in the coming months.
Individuals and merchants with an iPhone XS or newer can accept contactless payments through supported iPhone apps. The merchant will simply hold out their iPhone, and the customer will hold their iPhone, Apple Watch, another digital wallet, or contactless credit card near the device and a secure payment will be made via NFC technology.
Tap to Pay on iPhone is available to over 700,000 additional businesses across the United States, and Apple Stores in the U.S. have also rolled out the feature.