If you use Apple Pay on your device and you are also a Starbucks client, then there are some great news for you. Jennifer Bailey, the head of Apple’s mobile payment division announced that the popular coffee chain will soon support Apple Pay.
She broke the news onstage at the Code/Mobile conference, telling Recode’s Ina Fried that the launch is planned for early next year. Here are some more details:
"If you’re an Apple Pay fan and a caffeine fiend, you’re in luck. Apple has partnered with Starbucks to let you use Apple Pay for your daily Frappuccino fix. Starting next year you’ll be able to tap and pay with your iPhone or Apple Watch at all Starbucks registers across the country. Some locations will be testing the technology this year in a pilot program."
You can already use Apple Pay in the Starbucks app, but it only allows you to re-fill your Starbucks Card. In-store support of the payments service will allow users to pay for their coffee using their iPhone or Apple Watch.
At the moment we don't know if Apple Pay at Starbucks will score you loyalty points. It's also been confirmed that a few other retailers will also be integrating with Apple Pay in 2016, such as KFC and Chili’s.