Apple Pay support is expanding yet again, this time to nearly 200,000 self-service machines (i.e. vending machines) across the United States. The machines, run by USA Technologies, have all been remotely updated to support the contactless payment system Apple introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
But it's not just vending machines that are getting the Apple Pay treatment:
Yes, parking meters, coffee brewers, and more, all just waiting for your NFC. And this has all be remotely-enabled, as USA Technologies notes, they've been putting NFC chips in their systems for the past decade. Pretty much any machine that you see bearing their "ePort" payment now will accept payments via Apple Pay. So go, get thee a bottle of Diet Coke and pay for it with your phone.
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.