Following the flurry of Apple announcements from the Worldwide Development Conference (WWDC15) in San Diego, news of Apple Pay making a full scale launch across the UK was one of the resounding stories to emerge. And today comes the news that Transport for London (TFL) will be encouraging passengers to use Apple Pay to use the extensive transport services across the British capital:

"With around one in ten of all contactless transactions in the UK now taking place on our transport services in London, we are delighted to welcome Apple Pay as another new and convenient contactless way for our customers to pay for their travel," said Shashi Verma Director of Customer Experience at TFL. "I would encourage anyone who uses pay as you go to try contactless. There's no need to top-up, just touch in and out with your mobile device, credit or debit card."

The payment system couldn’t be more simple, anyone with an iPhone can use it and just touch the device on the contactless pads and voila, you’re set to board the bus, tube, boat, tram or train and travel. It will also allow you to make online payments using your fingerprint as proof of ID.

Buro 24/7 Middle East predicts that it won’t be long before Dubai and Middle East residents are swiping their iPhones before boarding the growing metro and tram links around these digitally linked up cities. That is something we’d love to see.