Apple has announced that New Yorkers will now be able to tap their way to get a ride in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority come May 31. This is in line with CEO Tim Cook’s declaration that Apple Pay will start rolling out in MTA buses and subways in early summer.
To access this feature Apple users will need to download the latest iOS version for their iPhone (12.3) or their Apple Watch (5.2.1) and authenticate a debit or credit card via the Express Transit. Afterwards, you can just tap your iPhone or Apple Watch on the terminal and dash right through the toll platforms.
Both Apple and Google’s pay apps are limited to per-ride instances, with no options to get unlimited monthly passes or other discounted fares. Contactless pay options are making its rounds globally, with cities such as Chicago, Portland, Sydney, Moscow, London and Singapore now accepting this form of payment to get around.