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Candy, cabs, and socks: using Apple Pay in the real world

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 8.1, and along with it, the company’s new mobile payments service. Apple Pay isn’t the first of its kind — we’ve seen options from Google and others for years. But it is the first one that works natively on the iPhone, and so we installed it on an iPhone 6 and spent the afternoon trying to find out what we could and couldn’t buy with it.

Getting set up on Apple Pay is really easy: once you’ve installed iOS 8.1 on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you have to add your credit cards to the service. Right now, Apple is supporting Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, in addition to a handful of national banks. If you have a smaller local bank or credit union, chances are you’re out of luck, but Apple says 500 more banks…

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