Apple Pay reaches 2 million retail locations

Apple Pay is now available in more than two million retail locations, The Business Times reports. In addition, new merchants such as Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, and Au Bon Pain have begun rolling out Apple Pay in their stores. Last year, Apple set a goal to make Apple Pay available in 1.5 million locations by the end of 2015, and not only has the company exceeded that goal, but Apple notes the volume of in-app purchases using Apple Pay have more than doubled in the last six months of the year, as compared to the first half of 2015. Further, according to a survey by Pymnts and InfoScout, in October 16.6 percent of people who own newer iPhones had tried Apple Pay, a jump from only 9 percent in November 2014, shortly after the service launched in the U.S.