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Apple Pay arrives on London Underground, but not everyone can use it

Apple Pay, the contactless payment built into the iPhone 6, launched today which means Londoners can now tap-and-pay on the Tube.

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There were some complaints from users on social media this morning as it emerged that HSBC and first direct were among banks that were not part of the initial roll-out, meaning some consumers cannot yet take advantage of the service.

But Barclays - despite not featuring as a partner previously - confirmed that both it and Barclaycard would be joining Apple Pay "in the future".

The system will also work with the Apple Watch.

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Users of Apple Pay can now hold their phone close to a contactless reader while keeping a finger on the Touch ID fingerprint scanner in order to authorise a payment.

A host of major UK brands and banks have also signed up to support Apple Pay at launch, including Boots, Waitrose and the Post Office, with retailers including Pret a Manger already announcing that the traditional £20 contactless transaction limit will not apply.

Rival Google is set to launch its own mobile payment solution, Android Pay, later this year.