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Apple Pay is now available to use. At least for those resident in the U.S. who have an iPhone 6 Will You Be Buying the iPhone 6? [MakeUseOf Poll] Will You Be Buying the iPhone 6? [MakeUseOf Poll] The date has been set. The iPhone 6 approaches. On September 9, 2014, Apple will unveil its latest iDevice. The only question is, will you be buying one? Read More running iOS 8.1, a credit card they haven’t already maxed out, and faith that Apple will keep their financial data safe and secure.

Does that describe you? Or, if not, are you otherwise keen to use Apple Pay when it either launches in your country or you upgrade your iPhone? We want to know all about people’s intentions towards Apple Pay, and we have the MakeUseOf Poll to help us do just that.

Geeks Buy Gadgets

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Where Do You Buy New Gadgets?

Out of a total of 257 votes, 50.2% chose Amazon, 18.7% chose An Online Retailer, 8.2% chose eBay, 6.6% chose A Local Independent Retailer, 5.8% chose The Manufacturer’s Own Store Or Website, 5.5% chose Other, and 5% chose Big-Box Retailer.

We all know Amazon is popular, but for one online retailer to poll more than 50% of the votes is astounding. The three biggest shares of the votes all went to online retailers 5 Reliable Online Shopping Alternatives to Amazon 5 Reliable Online Shopping Alternatives to Amazon Amazon is the biggest player in the game of online retailers, but that doesn't mean you have to use them. Read More (for a total of 77.1%), showing how much bricks-and-mortar stores are struggling to compete with their online competitors.



Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Michael Scoates Where Do You Buy New Gadgets? [MakeUseOf Poll] Where Do You Buy New Gadgets? [MakeUseOf Poll] If you're a regular reader of MakeUseOf then you're probably a geek. And geeks buy gadgets. Lots and lots of gadgets. Read More , WinDork Where Do You Buy New Gadgets? [MakeUseOf Poll] Where Do You Buy New Gadgets? [MakeUseOf Poll] If you're a regular reader of MakeUseOf then you're probably a geek. And geeks buy gadgets. Lots and lots of gadgets. Read More , and Katie F Where Do You Buy New Gadgets? [MakeUseOf Poll] Where Do You Buy New Gadgets? [MakeUseOf Poll] If you're a regular reader of MakeUseOf then you're probably a geek. And geeks buy gadgets. Lots and lots of gadgets. Read More . Comment Of The Week goes to Charles, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Where Do You Buy New Gadgets? [MakeUseOf Poll] Where Do You Buy New Gadgets? [MakeUseOf Poll] If you're a regular reader of MakeUseOf then you're probably a geek. And geeks buy gadgets. Lots and lots of gadgets. Read More :

Mostly, it depends on what I’m shopping for. Larger purchases, like a laptop, I’ll buck up and go to Best Buy, why? Because I can watch all the reviews I want on Youtube and Amazon may have the lower price, but until I can feel it in my hands, and actually use it, I’m not laying out that much money. Best Buy has price matched, not always but sometimes, before on certain items, so I don’t mind going through them; and as a tech-savvy shopper I’m not drawn into their “extended warranties/etc.” bull.

For smaller/lower priced items, I’ll go with Amazon most of the time. They have the lowest prices and it’s easy to compare multiple items. Plus, it usually has the largest amount of customer reviews, so I can weed through them and find the truly useful reviews.

Also, many retailers lag in their offerings, so if I want a particular item, the box retailers, even Best Buy to a point, may not have it in stock or even be offering it for awhile.

We chose this comment because it spells out which retailers the reader uses, when they use them, and why they use them. Which are the details we were seeking. It helps that a lot of what is said here is good, common sense advice other people would do well to follow.

To iPay Or Not To iPay

Apple Pay has arrived Apple's Big Event: iPhone 6, Watch & New Wireless Payment System Apple's Big Event: iPhone 6, Watch & New Wireless Payment System Finally, the rumours are confirmed: two new larger iPhones and a smart timepiece known simply as the Apple Watch are on the way. Read More , and if we’re to believe a number of high-profile tech journalists, it’s the best thing since sliced bread. It may well be a game-changer, it’s too early to tell. It’s certainly looking good, but it’s far from being the first mobile payments platform Google Launches Google Wallet. Not For Everybody! [News] Google Launches Google Wallet. Not For Everybody! [News] Google officially launched its mobile payment system Google Wallet yesterday, and it could very well change how we pay for merchandise and services. For now, the Google Wallet is only set up for Sprint Nexus... Read More , and it’s guaranteed not to be the last.

However, it’s the next big thing right now, and that means we’re keen to take the pulse of the MakeUseOf readership. We’re simply asking, “Will You Ever Use Apple Pay?” Yes or No? If Yes, why? If No, why not? If “What is Apple Pay?” why do you have to complicate things and make my life more difficult?!

Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments below why you voted that way. The best Comment of the Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.

  1. Jayjay
    October 30, 2014 at 5:00 am

    I don't have an iPhone. I never had an iPhone. I never will have an iPhone. I hate everything Apple except applesauce. I am proud I was born without the lemming gene.

  2. Rama
    October 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm


    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Well, it's an answer. Not a profound one, but an answer nonetheless.

    • R A Myers
      October 29, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      It succinct and perfectly clear to this paranoiac. Not to start a Make Use of Read Family Feud, "Good Answer! Good Answer!" As to your reply, are you a politician running for office?

  3. A41202813GMAIL
    October 29, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Whenever I Can Use Hard Cash, I Refuse To Pay With Anything Else ( Except For Small Amounts On A $15 Prepaid Phone And A $30 Bus Card ).

    All Kinds Of Brick And Mortar Stores Are Close, So No Need To Give Any Ideas To Young JOHN CONNOR.


    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      I don't remember John Connor using Apple Pay?! ;)

      I like using cash too, but there may come a time in the not-too-distant future when we're all forced to use a mobile payments system. I'm not looking forward to that.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      October 30, 2014 at 11:57 am

      A - Did You See The Movie ?

      Young JOHN CONNOR Was Capable Of Hacking Just About Everything, Left Right And Center.

      B - I Am Not Looking Forward To That Either.


  4. R A Myers
    October 28, 2014 at 3:17 am

    I don't use any kind of RF payment or chipped credit card for security reasons. I keep my credit cards in individual shielded envelopes. Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean "they" are not out to get my money. Because I have a Moto V551, I can't use the phone pay systems anyway. My V551 doesn't even have a GPS, That will soon probably be a reason for denial of cell phone service, for my own safety of course, yeah, right. Turning it on only to make or receive calls will probably soon be prohibited also. When those two events occur I'll go back to my amateur radio phone patch.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Who are "they?" And why would they want your money?

    • R A Myers
      October 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Shirley you jest.

  5. Bruce
    October 28, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Would use if they didn't limit it to iPhone 6 or 6+. Own an iPhone 5s
    but apple Pay not available even if i have iOS 8.1. Apple's way of marketing a new phone. Why not develop software that will work with a one year old phone

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      To force you to upgrade, silly. That's the only way the Apple juggernaut is going to carry on rolling for decades to come.

    • Dan
      October 29, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Well, in this case it's a technical limitation because no previous model has NFC.

  6. NotoriousZeus
    October 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    One Click buy why not ? And its beautifully designed and implemented.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Have you previously tried any of the alternatives? Or is Apple Pay the only mobile payments system you think you'll ever need?

    • NotoriousZeus
      October 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      @Dave I've tried Google Wallet and PayPal as well. But I'm convinced that if they could keep up with payment regulations and current structure, Apple PAY will be the only thing I'll need and use.

  7. Dan
    October 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I have used Apple Pay on several web sites and I thoroughly enjoy not having to type in all my personal info on the seller's web site. I have also used Apple Pay in several local businesses and the process was very smooth. Here's hoping that all these NFC options get working in more places so users can have options like Apple Pay, Google Wallet, etc. One payment type doesn't have to "win"...

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      That's true, but there is usually a market leader which sets the pace, and Apple Pay is certainly the prime candidate for that role right now. I'm pleased to hear someone is using it and loving it.

  8. Chuck
    October 27, 2014 at 5:38 am

    After living in San Francisco from 2003-2008 I became so thoroughly disgusted with Mac fanboys and the Cult of Jobs that I would shoot my self in the head with a firearm before I buy anything Apple.

    My android phone and tablet are also my best friends.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Do you talk to them? Have you named them? That shit is perfectly normal, you know. I'm being sarcastic, of course, but then my GF has named her car, so I shouldn't mock. :)

  9. JC
    October 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Don't own an iPhone, wouldn't use Apple Pay anyways. I stay as far away as I can from Apple. And yes, I've owned their products in the past, not for me anymore. I'll just leave it at that.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      I won't push you to tell us why you switched away from Apple then, but if you do want to rant now is the time and this is the place ;)

  10. lee meade
    October 26, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Have not found the iphone compelling enough to buy one. Like the look of the newer models with larger screens. But will probably wait for the 2nd gen of these before taking a serious look. So far, so good with Android.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      You'll be looking at the iPhone 6+S then, or something. If you like Android is it purely the hardware which is tempting you to switch to Apple?

  11. Hildy J
    October 26, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I don't have an iPhone so I can't use iPay but I have a Nexus that supports Google Wallet and I don't use that either.

    The problem with both is, I can't go cardless. My Amex and Mastercard work with every store that accepts them. However, not every store that accepts them accepts iPay and/or Wallet. Until that changes, I still have to carry my credit cards. Plus, it's easy to pull out a credit card and swipe it.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      I'll be honest, I cannot see quite how Apple Pay and Google Wallet save time. I have never once been paying with my card and thought, I wish this process was quicker. I'm usually just wishing I had more money to spend, regardless of the method used.

  12. likefunbutnot
    October 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Apple has singularly the worst customer service I've ever experienced. I was once charged nearly 20 times for a single App Store transaction due to a software bug. I had to make a customer support call for EACH improper charge. I could see the pending charges on my credit card but Apple billed me for them over the course of a couple weeks rather than in real time as other eCommerce merchants are able to.

    This is not a company I would trust with money or anything else of any value.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      To play devil's advocate for a second, all companies are prone to mistakes like that. It's not as though the banks can be trusted with our money these days either, sadly.

  13. Prosthetic Lips
    October 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Why don't I own an iPhone? What, are you crazy asking that, or just trolling? ;-)

    I have tried an iPhone for a while, the "it just works" didn't work for me. I didn't like being in the "walled garden" nor having to overpay for similar features.

    I definitely agree their products work well together and are very user-friendly, once you understand them. But I've been Android for several years, and don't plan to switch.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      I may just be a little bit crazy, and capable of trolling from time to time.

      If you have Android, have you ever used Google Wallet? Or, do you have any real desire to do so?

  14. Dan
    October 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I don't, won't, and can't use Apple Pay because I don't own an iPhone.

    Having said that, I am a heavy user of Google Wallet, including NFC payments when I'm able (which in my town is a grocery chain with a single liquor store location), Walgreen's, and Home Depot. I think Home Depot may have recently disabled NFC due to being scared and incompetent. Fortunately I shop at the other two options a ridiculous amount so I get to use my phone fairly often (and therefore evangelize when asked questions!)

    I want these payment options to succeed because they reduce the amount of crap I have to carry around in a wallet, and while the security is not perfect it's pretty great: Google Wallet pays with a single-use Mastercard number and then a bit later charges my real options stored in Wallet. When it comes to card transaction security, I think virtual numbers go a long way even if the merchant's security is sub-par.

    Anyway, I know this was a poll regarding Apple Pay but I just want to encourage everybody I meet to try and use NFC payments so that it proliferates.

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Do to the lack of retail security for my personal cc information I will not make any purchase with any business that doesn't support Apple pay. POS readers should support all forms of payment. The loss of my personal information multiple times has put my credit at risk. Apple pay provides the anonymity I need.

    • Anonymous
      October 27, 2014 at 1:32 am

      To the anonymous guy, the only way to make purchases completely anonymous at point of sale is by cash..

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Is your biggest reason for using it because it removes the need to carry so much stuff around in your pocket? I can't quite get my head around that, as it's not like credit cards are particularly big or anything.

      I suspect you'll get your wish though, as mobile payments are going to be big in a few years' time.

    • Dan
      October 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      No, that's just the first reason I listed. It is important to me, though, because I hate carrying a wallet. And I have a small wallet, too. But I have a debit card, two credit cards, a purchasing card for work, medical cards, dental cards, ID, a billion membership cards, not to mention any stupid gift cards. Something like Google Wallet takes care of all of that, or could.
      Also, it's entirely possible that I could lose my wallet but I will never lose my phone. I realize that other people do, and those people reading this are saying "yeah right lolz" but I won't. I use my phone all the time, and I don't even like going to another floor of my house without it.
      If for some reason someone clubbed me over the head and took my phone, it is locked and encrypted. My actual credit cards are not either of those things.

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