If you’re an Apple Pay user, we’ve got some bad news for you.
After an iPhone 6 has been restored, whether as a new phone or from a backup, some users have been unable to add cards back into Apple Pay in the Passport app. More worrisome: Apple has only been able to resolve the issue by replacing the phone. This issue was first uncovered in an Apple Support Communities thread by 9to5Mac.
As two posters note:
I just left the Apple Store. They couldn’t diagnose the issue and we did a restore there in store and the problem persisted. The solution was to swap the hardware […]
I ended up going to the Apple Store and going to the genius bar. They proceeded to do all the thing I already tried. After they did a restore and set up as a new phone and saw they it didn’t work they went in the back and brought out a new phone. I fired up the phone and went thru steps to add my cards to Apple pay and everything worked. So getting a new phone fixed the issue.
This sounds very much like a software issue and one that Apple is probably working to resolve. In the meantime, we would suggest not doing a restore on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. If you do and have the same issue, contact Apple.
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