Apple Expands Tap to Pay on iPhone to Italy

Apple has launched its Tap to Pay feature on iPhone in Italy, enabling individual sellers, major retailers, and small businesses to use the iPhone as a contactless payment terminal. This significant addition marks Italy as the 11th country to adopt this innovative payment solution, further expanding Apple’s global reach.

Key Features and Benefits

Retailers in Italy can now utilize the NFC chip in the iPhone to accept a variety of payments, including:

  1. Credit and Debit Cards
  2. Apple Pay
  3. Other Digital Payment Options

Benefits of Tap to Pay on iPhone

  • No Additional Hardware Required: One of the major advantages of Tap to Pay on iPhone is that it does not require additional hardware. This means businesses can eliminate the need for traditional hardware-based payment systems such as the Square Reader.
  • Support from Major Payment Platforms: Tap to Pay is supported by several major payment platforms, ensuring broad accessibility and convenience for users. The current platforms supporting this feature include:
    • Adyen
    • myPOS
    • Nexi
    • Revolut
    • Stripe
    • SumUp
    • Viva
    • Fabrick (coming soon)
    • Numia (coming soon)
    • Sella (coming soon)
  • Availability in Apple Stores: As of today, Tap to Pay can be used in all Apple retail stores across Italy, making it readily accessible for businesses and consumers alike.

Simplified Checkout Process

Jennifer Bailey, Vice President of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, emphasized the transformative impact of this feature: “Tap to Pay on iPhone has revolutionized the checkout experience in many types of businesses in Europe and other countries. We are happy to partner with payment platforms to support merchants in Italy by offering them a simple, secure, and private way to accept contactless payments via iPhone and a partner-enabled iOS app, without the need for additional devices.”

Usage and Compatibility

When a customer makes a purchase, a merchant that supports Tap to Pay on iPhone can accept payment by having the customer bring their:

  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Prepaid Card
  • iPhone
  • Apple Watch
  • Other Digital Wallets

The transaction is completed through NFC, with processing handled using the Secure Element for enhanced security. This ensures that transactions are not only fast and convenient but also secure.

Requirements for Tap to Pay on iPhone

To use Tap to Pay on iPhone, the following requirements must be met:

  • iPhone XS or Newer Model: This ensures compatibility with the necessary NFC technology.
  • Contactless Card or Device: Compatible cards include those from American Express, Global Discover Network, Diners, Mastercard, and Visa.

Global Expansion

Italy is the 11th country where Tap to Pay on iPhone is available. This follows successful rollouts in:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. Japan
  6. Netherlands
  7. Brazil
  8. France
  9. Taiwan
  10. Ukraine

Impact on Italian Businesses

Tap to Pay on iPhone is set to have a substantial impact on Italian businesses. Over 4.3 million small and medium-sized companies in Italy have long played a key role in the country’s economy. By adopting this technology, businesses can streamline their payment processes, reduce reliance on external hardware, and enhance customer convenience. This move is expected to foster growth and efficiency, enabling businesses of all sizes to accept contactless payments effortlessly.

Final Thoughts

The launch of Tap to Pay on iPhone in Italy marks a significant milestone in the evolution of contactless payments. With its ease of use, security features, and widespread support from major payment platforms, this innovation is poised to transform the way businesses and consumers handle transactions. As Apple continues to expand this feature globally, more countries and regions will likely experience the benefits of this seamless and modern payment solution.

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