More banks in Austria, Germany, and Netherlands go live with Apple Pay

(Image credit: ABN AMRO)

What you need to know

  • ING's German customers now have Apple Pay.
  • ABM AMRO in the Netherlands, too.
  • bunq in Austria as well.

Apple Pay is already popular in Europe and now even more users can pay using their iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, or iPad with three new banks coming online. Customers of bunq in Austria, ING in Germany, and ABN AMRO in the Netherlands, your time has come.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was quoted as saying that Apple Pay would be available in more than 40 different countries by the end of 2019. The company is already well on its way (opens in new tab) to that goal.

Dutch bank ABN AMRO announced that it would be supporting Apple Pay last month, but didn't say when that would happen. It's now here, with the bank taking to Twitter to tell its customers what they can expect.

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Challenger bank bunq also enabled Apple Pay for its Austrian customers, telling them that they can "pay safer and faster" using Apple Pay (via MacRumors.

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And while ING's German rollout didn't come with the same fanfare – or fancy Tweet, at least – it too announced Apple Pay support via Twitter.

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Apple Pay first went live in the United States in late 2014 and has steadily been working its way around the globe ever since.

If you're new to Apple Pay you'll first want to add your card either via your bank's iPhone app or the Apple Wallet app. And if you're eager to get started you know where to look for help!

Oliver Haslam
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