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What it's like to use Apple Pay

What it's like to use Apple Pay

Canadian wallets rejoice: it's finally here

Although Canada technically had Apple Pay last November, it only worked with American Express. On May 10, 2016, it got better.

If you bank with CIBC or RBC, you can now load your credit card(s) to your iPhone and use them anywhere that supports PayPass or PayWave. Other banks are coming soon.

What it's like

In a word: simple. You can double-click your home button to bring up eligible cards, or you can just tap your phone when the reader is ready.

Sorry about the portrait orientation—blame my coworker taking the video.

When you're ready to pay, you scan your fingerprint, bring the phone about an inch away from the reader, and see a little animation. Your bill is now paid. You get push notification receipt, and that transaction sits in a list of recent transactions under the card.

  Sorry, no landscape here either.

Sorry, no landscape here either.

Setting up

In case the process doesn't jump out at you (open Wallet and you'll see what I mean), here's how to add your card: 

  1. Open the Wallet app. 
  2. Click the white box that says Apple Pay (you can also click the plus button).
  3. Scan your card.
  4. Input your security code and expiration date.
  5. Confirm your phone number and wait for a text from the bank.
  6. Input the 6-digit verification code.
  7. Hit "Done."
  8. Go buy things with your iPhone.

Don't be intimidated by the eight steps. It's Apple, after all—they'll hold your hand throughout the entire process.

Are you still waiting for your bank to cooperate? Does this worry or excite you? Will you use it? Answer in the comments below!

 

Pros and cons of Apple Pay in Canada

Pros and cons of Apple Pay in Canada

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