HSBC accidentally confirms UK Apple Pay release date of 14 July

With Apple Pay’s July release date just around the corner, it looks like Apple’s payment service could arrive as early as this Tuesday 14 July – at least that’s according to a now-deleted tweet from HSBC.

HSBC accidentally confirms UK Apple Pay release date of 14 July

HSBC let the cat out of the bag when responding to a customer query. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the bank tweeted: “Yes! It’s due to launch this Tuesday! We are excited too”. Now that the tweet has been deleted, HSBC is keeping quiet, simply stating that there’s “no set date for launch”, and even denying ever mentioning a Tuesday at all.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen 14 July referenced as the UK release date for Apple Pay, with Waitrose forewarning its employees about an imminent launch last week.

If HSBC and Waitrose weren’t sign enough, McDonalds has also been rolling out signs of Apple Pay with new stickers showing acceptance of the service at its stores, as noted by Matt Brian’s Instagram account.

When Apple Pay does arrive, be it this Tuesday or not, users won’t need to do anything special to activate it: those running iOS 8.4 on iPhone 6 have it installed already. Just as with contactless cards, Apple Pay is subject to the UK’s £20 limit, although this will rise to £30 in September.

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