The NFC-toting iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are currently the only devices that can make contactless payments at any of the partnered 220,000 retail stores – as identified by Apple – with Apple Watch to join the party in early 2015.

AP

According to Apple, the retail partners that will begin accepting Apple Pay payments presently, or in the near future, are the following:

  • Apple Store
  • Aeropostale
  • Babies R Us
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Bloomingdales
  • Champs
  • Chevron
  • DuaneReade
  • Foot Locker (including Lady Footlocker, Run by Footlocker, Kids Footlocker, and House of Hoops)
  • FootAction,
  • Macy’s
  • Nike
  • Office Depot
  • Petco (and Unleashed)
  • Radioshack
  • Six:02
  • Sports Authority
  • Texaco
  • Toys “R” Us
  • Walgreens

The following list of fast food chains will now be accepting Apple Pay payments:

  • McDonald’s
  • Subway
  • Panera Bread

As for the grocery stores:

  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods Market

Apple Pay, as we all know by now, also allows making purchases via apps on all latest iOS devices that sport a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. This includes the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the upcoming iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. The iPhone 5s however, is not included in the list.

The apps that should now support Apple Pay are:

  • Apple Store
  • AirBnB
  • Chairish
  • Disney Store
  • Fancy
  • Groupon
  • Hotel Tonight
  • Houzz
  • Instacart
  • Lyft
  • MLB.com
  • OpenTable
  • Panera Bread
  • Spring
  • Staples
  • Target
  • Tickets.com
  • Uber

These apps should be receiving their updates as we speak, enabling them to support the Apple Pay service. Along with these apps, certain banks will also be updating their apps to support Apple Pay, with Capital One and Navy Federal Credit Union having already launched supporting apps.

Apple has also released a list of retailers that will be adding support for Apple Pay later in the coming year:

  • Anthropologie
  • Disney Store
  • Free People
  • Petsmart
  • Sephora
  • Staples
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Walt Disney World

Apple - Apple Pay

With the above lists being vast enough for launch, it will be a matter of time when more retailers and banks start accepting Apple Pay as a mainstream payment method.

Have you tried using your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to make purchases at any of the listed stores? Let us know how your experience was..

You may also like to check out:

You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google+ or like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the Web.

Related Stories