Domestic support for Apple’s biometrically secured mobile payments platform has further expanded with the addition of twenty more American banks and credit unions to the roster.
With most of the major national financial services organizations having enabled Apple Pay for their cardholders long ago, the newcomers are smaller, regional institutions. BankSouth, LegacyTexas, and Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union offer a sampling of the organizations added to the list of Apple Pay supporters.
News of the expanded support in the US comes soon after Clearhaus, a Danish payments processing service, announced it would expand the reach of Apple Pay in the Nordic region last month. It also comes ahead of the platform’s anticipated launch in Brazil, which Apple CEO Tim Cook said would happen this year in the company’s earnings call at the start of February.
Apple Pay’s expansion has continued as biometric security for the platform has improved, with Apple enabling users to authorize payments through a highly sophisticated facial recognition system with the launch of the iPhone X last autumn — though it isn’t clear how many users are actually benefiting from it, as Apple hasn’t disclosed sales figures for the new device, nor has it revealed the size of Apple Pay’s user base.