Four years after debuting Apple Pay in the United States, Apple has launched the service in Germany. The introduction of the contactless payment option follows Apple Pay’s launch in Belgium and Kazakhstan earlier in December. Rival Google debuted its payments solution in Germany in June 2018.
At launch, Apple’s mobile payment platform will be available via financial services firms in Germany including Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank unit Comdirect, Hypovereinsbank, Wirecard, Hanseatic Bank and credit card providers Mastercard, Visa and American Express. By next year, the company plans to roll out the service to nine other banks, including DKB, INK and Revolut.
While the service is already available in more than 20 countries, its German launch was reportedly delayed due to a dispute over Apple Pay's fees.
On its Apple Pay site for Germany, the company lists support from brands such as Bershka, Adidas, Aldi, Aral, Cigo, H&M, Kaufland, Kaufhof, Media Markt, McDonald’s and Zara.