Apple can now add a new wonder to the collection brought to consumers by the introduction of the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay – iOS is now ready to feed customers.
Not literally, though that is likely in development, but instead by enabling payment at restaurants booked through the popular Open Table app. Consumers using the payment feature on Open Table can now officially use Apple Pay to settle their check (if they have the righ tphone.
“The integration with Apple Pay makes the OpenTable mobile payment experience even more intuitive and seamless,” says Matt Roberts, CEO of OpenTable. “With Apple Pay, OpenTable diners can skip the step of adding a card to their profile and simply settle their check with a single touch using iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.”
Going forward, Open Table users will not have to add a card to their app account, Open Pay uses the Touch ID API as the basis for the Apple Pay integration. OpenTable was on the initial list of apps partnering with Apple Pay for in-app rollout of the mobile payments system.
The payment part of the service is so far only available in New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., though OpenTable plans to expand the feature to a total of 20 cities before the end of this year.
Groupon updated earlier this month its iOS app to include Apple Pay.
"With nearly 92 million app downloads worldwide and more than half of our transactions occurring on mobile devices, Groupon is one of the largest mobile commerce companies in the world,” says Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky. “Bringing Apple Pay to the Groupon mobile app makes it easier than ever to find and buy the best things around you.”