Here's a friendly reminder that former UK Apple Pay launch partner, HSBC, is finally going live with support for the service from July 28. HSBC was supposed to be one of the first out of the gate with Apple's contactless payment system but pulled out at the eleventh hour. The bank's promise of going online before the end of the month has held true, however, and bar any last minute technical hitches, it's almost go time.

Apple Pay was supported initially by 8 banks and over 250,000 retailers, including some of the biggest names on the British high-street, and the London transport network. Since contactless credit card payments have been commonplace in the UK for a while, Apple Pay is a natural progression. And if HSBC's Twitter feed has been anything to go by over the past couple of weeks, its customers are chomping at the bit to get in on it.

We don't know exactly when on July 28 the switch will be flipped. It could be midnight, it could be 9am when the banks open, any time in between or after. The best thing to do is just try adding your HSBC card to Apple Pay at your earliest convenience. If you need to know anything at all about using your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch with Apple Pay, we've got you covered: