Threats to the heels of New York City, London's Transport for London have confirmed that it is also working to bring Apple Pay Express Transit to the UK capital.
The confirmation came after developer Aled Samuel tweeted the TfL Twitter account to ask when it would support Express Transit, with the answer that the company is already working with Apple to bring the function to TfL's transport links.
Currently, TfL offers support for contactless payments via either the notorious Oyster card or other contactless method, including Apple Pay. It requires approval via either face ID or touch ID, but Express Transit payments do not require such approval, making payments much faster.
It can be a big deal if you are at the head of a long queue at London Underground station, for example.
Apple notes that you don't even have to wake your iPhone or Apple Watch to use Express Transit, either.
With Express Transit mode enabled, you do not need to validate with face ID, touch ID or password when paying for rides with Apple Pay on your iPhone and Apple Watch. And you don't have to wake up or unlock your device or open an app.
If you want to use Express Transit mode, your iPhone or Apple Watch needs to be turned on, but they don't need to be connected to a network.
You can have a payment card and a transit card enabled for Express Transit mode in the same city. If the transit agency accepts payment cards and transit cards, the transit card is automatically selected by the contactless reader.
When paying for transit with Apple Pay, keep the top of the iPhone within a few inches in the middle of the contactless reader until you feel a vibration. You see Ready and a mark on the screen.
On Apple Watch
When you pay for transit with Apple Pay, keep the Apple Watch display in a few inches of the mid-line connector before feeling a vibration. You see Ready and a mark in the display.
Although TfL could not provide a specific start date for Express Transit support, we expect to learn more about the details when the launch comes closer. . Instagram, and even as our Facebook page, to keep you updated on the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the Internet.
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