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Apple responds to CVS and Rite Aid turning off Apple Pay support

Apple responds to CVS and Rite Aid turning off Apple Pay support

October 27, 2014

After both CVS and Rite Aid shut down unofficial support for Apple Pay during the weekend, Apple has offered its first comment on the situation.

Here’s the statement Apple provided to Business Insider:

The feedback we are getting from customers and retailers about Apple Pay is overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. We are working to get as many merchants as possible to support this convenient, secure and private payment option for consumers. Many retailers have already seen the benefits and are delighting their customers at over 220,000 locations.

Both the pharmacies are part of the Merchant Customer Exchange, who is designing its own competing system. Other members of MCX include Walmart, Best Buy, Wendy’s, and Dunkin Donuts.

The largest U.S. pharmacy chain, Walgreens, has embraced Apple Pay in its more than 8,000 locations across the country.

While consumers seem to be embracing Apple Pay, Wells Fargo is even offering cash to customers who try out the system.

As first pointed out by MacRumors, the bank is encouraging users to try out Apple Pay by offering a credit of up to $20. Wells Fargo credit card users can receive $20 while debit card customers can receive $10 by completing an Apple Pay purchase.

The offer is good until the end of November. You’ll need an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to complete an in-store purchase. Those two handsets, along with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, can be used to make an online purchase.

Earlier today, a new report said that Apple is looking to expand the NFC technology past mobile payments into other areas – including access control and accepting public transit tickets.

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