What you need to know
- Apple Pay could be coming to Costa Rica for the first time.
- BAC Credomatic is reportedly testing Apple Pay support for both Visa and Mastercard.
Apple Pay could be coming to Central America for the first time with new reports suggesting BAC Credomatic is nearing a launch of the feature in Costa Rica.
According to a report by 9to5Mac, BAC Credomatic is currently testing Apple Pay support for both Visa and Mastercard users, with the update now in the hands of those who have access to the bank's TestFlight beta app.
While the bank itself has yet to confirm anything, it's thought that it could be "just months away" from making Apple Pay available in Central America for the first time.
Apple Pay support would allow BAC Credomatic customers to make contactless payments via their iPhone and Apple Watch, while online payments would also presumably be supported on iPads and Macs, too.
Apple Pay is one of the best iPhone features that Central America continues to miss out on — but it would appear it's now only a matter of time before that changes.
It's hoped that by bringing Apple Pay to Costa Rica, BAC Credomatic will open the door to the feature being available in other countries where it has a presence including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Grand Cayman, and The Bahamas.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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