Apple Promotes Apple Pay with Discounts for Popular Third-Party Retailers

July 23, 2016 •

Apple Promotes Apple Pay with Discounts for Popular Third-Party Retailers
Shopping keeps getting easier and easier, thanks to apps like Apple Pay, which people can use with their iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. If you have never used a portable Apple device to buy an item but your curiosity has been piqued, you should know that Apple is promoting its Apple Pay service with discounts for purchases made to a number of third-party retailers. The promotion extends through Sept 1, 2016, according to Apple Insider.

There are a lot of great ways to save with this promotion. If you make an in-app purchase through participating apps such as Grubhub, Uber and Ticketmaster, you can get money saving coupons. And companies like Dunkin’ Donuts and Kohls are offering extra loyalty reward points if you use Apple Pay to make your purchase. Apple has been advertising the wide range of promotions through their official App Store Twitter account.
Apple Pay Promotional Tweet

Apple Pay Basics

When making a purchase inside a brick and mortar store, Apple Pay works only when the cashier can accept contactless payments. If you don’t see the Apple logo with the word “Pay” at the register, ask the clerk whether you can use it.

All you need to do is put your finger on the device’s Touch ID and then hold it within one inch of the contactless reader. You’ll see a checkmark and “Done”  when the transaction is complete.

Paying with Apple Watch? You double-click the device’s side button and then move the watch display within one inch of the reader. You’ll know the payment is done when you feel a small vibration from Apple Watch.

Requirements for Using Apple Pay

Not all Apple devices will work with Apple Pay. Here’s a rundown on what you need to get started with this payment service:

  • Most current version of iOS for your iPhone or iPad
  • Latest version of Apple’s watch OS if using Apple Watch
  • iPhone SE through iPhone 6 Plus and later
  • iPad Pro through iPad mini 3 and later
  • Apple Watch that is paired with your iPhone

Apple has made its claim to fame by developing user-friendly products, from hardware to software to streaming media services, so it’s no wonder that the company is seeking to make it easier for people to make payments with a service like Apple Pay as well.