Tap-and-go payments are now available for South African shoppers. Apple Inc. just introduced its contactless payment service on March 30th. The global tech giant aims to capitalize on the massive uptick in the use of digital payments largely driven by the coronavirus pandemic.
Apple Pay users will hold their iPhone or Apple Watch close to a payment terminal to carry out the contactless payment. Authentication takes place either through device passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID. You can make your contactless payments at grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, taxis, retail stores, coffee shops, and other forms of online shopping.
With more users in South Africa and the continent at large shifting towards e-commerce forms of contactless payment, Apple Pay will join Samsung Pay that launched in the country in 2018. The service will be supported by three banks, Discovery Bank, Absa Group, and Nedbank Group.