Apple's much-awaited payment system Apple Pay is rolling out from today, and if you want to get it on your iPad as soon as possible, here are the steps you need to take.
Make sure that you have the iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3, as these are the iPad versions that will currently work with the system. Also, be aware that the iPads announced last week can only use the service for web purchases and not for payments at physical retail stores.
That’s because the iPhones have a built-in Near Field Communication antenna and the iPads don't. At least, not for now.
Next, you need to update your operating system to version iOS 8.1, which is also going to be released starting from today. Now, you need to open the Passbook app. You will then be asked if you want to use your credit or debit card already on file for iTunes purchases or add a new card.
If you choose not to use your iTunes account, Apple Pay currently works with Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. When you ask Passbook to load a new card into Apple Pay, it will activate your camera and prompts you to snap a photo of your card.
Apple will then analyze this image and interact with your bank to confirm that it indeed belongs to you. It's also important to note that Apple doesn’t even actually store your credit card number, nor does it give the number to merchants.