After years of controversy, including a rather long battle with Australian Banks, Apple has finally succumbed to the publics demand.
For a more detailed look, follow this link to Apples Dev page
Previously, NFC technology was available to roughly 50% of the Australian Market, as half use Android. With this new release, virtually 100% of the market can use NFC technology which means accessibly will arrive at an all time high and subsequently opportunities for NFC technology may more than double.
You've gotta commend Apple for finally conceding their intentions to put a stranglehold on their NFC usage,
By Rian Boden NFC World 19/11/15
Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Australia, allowing American Express cardholders to make NFC mobile payments using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch devices.
“Card members with a card issued directly by American Express can add their eligible personal, small business and corporate American Express card and pay at participating stores where contactless American Express payments are currently accepted,” American Express says.
“They will have easy access to the American Express mobile app directly from the Wallet app for on-the-go access to Amex Offers and the ability to use their Membership Rewards points to pay for recent purchases in the American Express mobile app.”
“Card members can also use their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3 or iPad Pro to pay within participating merchant apps,” the company adds.
“Card members can go to the Wallet app in iOS 9 to get started. If a card member already has an eligible American Express card on file with iTunes, they only need to type in the card verification code or they can simply choose to add a new American Express card.”