After teasing a possible launch in May this year, Apple has officially launched its payment service in Poland. The move was announced after Apple updated the webpage for its Poland division with the information about the launch.
To begin with, Apple has partnered with 8 major Polish banks including BGZ BNP Paribas, Bank Zachodni WBK, Alior Bank, Raiffeisen Polbank, Nest Bank, mBank, Bank Pekao and Getin Bank. There are rumours that more banks will join hands with Apple before September.
The official apple website fails to provide a lot of details about when and how the company plans to begin operations in the country. As Apple has been doing in the case of other countries, there is no information on the list of vendors who will be supporting Apple Pay in Poland. However, the experts claim that the company will be sharing this information in the coming weeks.
The talks of Apple Pay in Poland have been going on since December last year. For the first time, there were rumors about Apple planning to launch Apple Pay in Poland and being in negotiations with a number of local banks. The same was once again teased in May by Apple CEO, Tim Cook. In a review meeting in May, Tim Cook had hinted about launching Apple Pay in Poland along with neighbouring countries of Ukraine and Norway.
Soon after the above mentioned review meeting, Apple had announced the launch of Apple Pay in Ukraine and that had left people guessing about a possible launch date in Norway and Poland. With the launch in Poland, Norway seems to be the next country getting Apple Pay, however, an official announcement is yet to be made on the same.