April 19, 2016

After being frustrated with the lack of updates on when it’ll be available in Singapore last June, we finally have some good news (and some bad news). Before you forego your entire wallet in the hopes of paying for everything using your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, Apple announced that they’ll be rolling out the mobile payment service, but only for American Express (Amex) card users first. However, support for credit and debit cards from DBS, UOB and Standard Chartered will be made available in the coming months. But for those who already have an Amex card, you can use Apple Pay at a variety of retailers, including FairPrice, Din Tai Fung, G2000, Shaw Theatres, Starbucks, StarHub, Topshop, Topman and UNIQLO (the service will be expanded to more retailers in time to come). All you need to do is to add your card details into your Wallet app, and you’re good to go! Apple Pay uses near-field communication technology, which will transmit data from your device to the contactless reader when you’re making a payment, and only works with devices that have the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, like the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro. If you’re going to use the Apple Watch, just make sure it’s running on watch OS 2.1 or later.