It appears that Apple’s own mobile payment system, Apple Pay, has found favor with owners of the company’s Apple Watch wearable devices. Well, at least according to a survey conducted by research firm Wristly among 1,000 Apple Watch users based in the United States and in the United Kingdom (where Apple Pay debuted in July of this year).
In Wristly’s study, 80 percent of the Apple Watch owners surveyed have already used Apple’s contactless mode of payment at least once. 80 percent is a pretty impressive number, and strongly suggests that Apple users, especially owners of Apple’s one and only smartwatch (so far) are not shying away from giving Apple Pay a try.
As for those Watch owners that have not yet used Apple Pay, 5 percent of them stated they do not see any benefit in using the mobile payment system at all. Another 5 percent of them said that they have not utilized the feature because of security concerns. About 15 percent of them voiced out that their payment needs have already been met so why bother. Additionally, 29 percent of those who have not tried Apple Pay said that they could not use Apple Pay yet because their credit card provider has not yet extended support for the mobile payment system.
Apple officially launched Apple Pay back in October of last year. The feature can be used by people who own an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 Plus, and an Apple Watch, and it basically allows users to pay for items as long as the shops they are buying from have point of sale (POS) systems equipped with the necessary near field communications (NFC) technology.
Interestingly, Wristly’s study seems to suggest that people are more comfortable using Apple Pay with an Apple Watch compared to using it with an iPhone. Using it with an Apple Watch is certainly quicker at times -- you only need to double tap the wearable device’s side button to activate Apple Pay, pick the credit card or debit card to be used, and then hold the watch’s face to the payment terminal. But with an iPhone, you would have pull your smartphone out of your pocket or bag, launch Apple Pay, and then authenticate via the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. But with the Apple Watch, you will not need to use Touch ID, the double tap functionality is already enough. But if you do remove the wearable device from your wrist, you will need to key in a password.
Wristly’s survey certainly suggests that the easy to use factor plays a crucial part. About half of those surveyed stated that using Apple Pay was a magical experience while another 42 percent said it was convenient. Only 4 percent thought the feature was not that useful, while another 3 percent voiced concerns about the system. More importantly, 79 percent are saying that they would rather use Apple Pay on their Apple Watch than on their iPhone.
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