Apple Pay really is getting bigger and bigger: some 26 new U.S. banks have been added to the service recently, including a big player – the Texas-based Moody National Bank, which has branches in Houston, Galveston, and Austin.
As AppleInsider explains, the remaining banks to have received support are regional or segmented, too, often linked to “a single state or city.” But if you bank with one of the institutions listed below, today's news should definitely bring a smile to your face. Apple Pay is the easiest way to pay for goods with an iOS device or Apple Watch; everything is handled by the Wallet app, and Touch ID (for the iPhone and iPad) makes the whole process ultra-secure, yet fast and convenient. You can make a purchase using your device and any “contactless” payment terminal, and a growing number of retailers offer these at checkouts.
The new banks are:
- Arsenal Credit Union
- Bank Midwest
- Bank of Canton
- Bank SNB
- Bankers' Bank
- Bremer Bank N.A.
- Bruning State Bank
- Citizens Bank of Cumberland County
- Fairfield County Bank
- Family Horizons Credit Union
- Firefighters First Credit Union
- First National Bank Arcadia
- First National Bank in Staunton
- Fort Sill Federal Credit Union
- HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union
- IAA Credit Union
- Moody National Bank
- North East Texas Credit Union
- Northbrook Bank & Trust Company
- Northern United Federal Credit Union
- Peoples State Bank of Munising
- Redwood Capital Bank
- Rogue Credit Union
- Sierra Central Credit Union
- TriStar Bank
- Vermilion Bank
Before now, Apple has gradually been expanding Apple Pay options in the United States, Australia, Canada, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. In fact, in Britain Apple Pay gained a significant number of new users when it launched for Barclays customers. Barclays had been the last of Britain's big banks to hold off on supporting Apple's mobile payments service, but the bank finally relented in April.
Today's news means Apple's grip on the mobile payments sphere is growing tighter than ever. Do you use the service much on your iPhone or Apple Watch?