With Apple Pay enabled through an update to iOS 8.1 earlier today, users are now able to use Apple’s payments service in a variety of retail locations. Apple’s Apple Pay launch partner McDonald’s is one location that’s already accepting Apple Pay payments, as demoed in the video below.
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, who is using an iPhone 6 with iOS 8.1 installed, makes his order and then pays by opening his card in Passbook and holding a finger on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It takes a couple of tries as the cashier appears to forget to press a button, but once a payment is ready to be accepted, it took only seconds for Ross to make the payment.
After the payment was accepted by McDonald’s, the Passbook screen displayed a check mark and there was a confirmation beep to let Ross know his payment had gone through. The transaction data was also displayed directly on the Passbook screen after payment was made.
During the transaction, at no point did the cashier see Ross’s card or his name, and his card number (replaced with a unique Device Account Number in Passbook) was not stored by McDonald’s, keeping the transaction completely private.
Apple Pay is limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in retail locations as it requires the NFC chip built into those devices to function. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus along with the iPad mini 3 and the iPad Air 2 will be able to make purchases in participating apps, however, and when it is released, the Apple Watch will be able to be used in retail stores to make Apple Pay payments.