The Bank of Ireland, the only major Irish bank that does not currently support Apple Pay, is said to be introduce it in the near future. While an exact date cannot be confirmed at the moment, a spokesman said Apple Pay is coming soon.
The popular payment system, Apple Pay is available on AIB, Ulster Bank, KBC, N26, Boon and Revolt.
“While we can’t currently confirm the exact date, Apple Pay is coming soon, making it easier for our Apple customers who prefer to pay for transactions using their phone,” a spokesman said. At the same time, he added that the bank has plans for more digital wallets and will inform customers when they become available.
Bank of Ireland currently supports Google Pay on all Android devices.
Although Apple Pay entered the Irish market in 2017, contactless and mobile payments in Ireland have steadily increased in recent years. Statistics show that it rose again during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apple Pay can be used on many Apple devices, including iPhones, Apple watches, iPods, and Mac computers.
Fintech company Curve saw a 78% increase in Irish users in August after adding more features to mobile payments, said Chief operating officer Nathalie Oestmann. The company provides Apple Pay and Google Pay to users whose banks may not supply those services.