Get ready iPhone users. Pretty soon, you will be able to use Apply Pay for a whole new range of food and drink purchases. Apple recently announced that Square is building a new reader, specifically designed for Apple Pay. Due out in the fall of 2015, this new reader will dramatically expand where you can use your Apple Pay. Even smaller, local operations like coffee shops and farmers’ markets will be able to take advantage of the convenience of the Apple Pay reader.
Besides the new reader, Apple Pay will also begin supporting rewards cards for a number of brands. It’s already available for brands like Subway, McDonald’s, and Starbucks, with Coca-Cola, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Panera Bread to soon follow. And while making your big mac purchases even more convenient is great and all, the real advantage of the new Apple Pay will be how easy it is for any restaurant to participate –yes, even that tiny hole in the wall take-out place you love.
Lauren is a New York based actor/singer/writer. She is a graduate of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University as well as the College of the Holy Cross. She’s a fan of beer, pasta, and academic establishments with unnecessarily long titles. Find her on stage, or online– she’s there often.