Apple has confirmed the planned UK availability of its contactless iPhone payments service and announced that eight UK banks will support it and 250,000 retail locations will accept it at launch.

Users of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch will be able to pay for goods and services through contactless terminals.

HSBC, NatWest, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank will be among the first to support Apple pay with other banks to follow, including Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds Bank and TSB Bank.

Merchants that will accept Apple Pay payments at launch include Boots, BP, Costa Coffee, JD Sports, KFC, LIDL, Marks & Spencer, McDonald’s, Nando’s, New Look, Post Office, Pret A Manger, Starbucks, Wagamama and Waitrose.

Other suppliers are developing their own services following the success of Apple Pay in the US. Google is developing Android Pay and Samsung Pay has been announced.

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