Here in the UK we have now been subjected to the joyous hype of Apple Pay. Yes, the amazing way that banks and retailers fawn all over themselves in the belief they are reaching the majority of customers whilst unbeknownst to them they are actually enabling a definite minority in an insecure fashion has besmirched our shores.
Still, Transport For London, who run the Tube trains in London, amongst other stuff, have, at least been quick to point out that after all the money they will have spent making their systems Apple Pay ready – it’s a bit of a dogs dinner. They’ve had some problems, you see, as The Inquirer reported…
TfL warned that commuters shouldn’t use Apple Pay if their iPhone or Apple Watch battery is low, as it could result in being charged twice or, worse, slapped with a fine.
The problem seems to be so bad already that they advise customers that:
You should check that you have enough battery on your iPhone or Apple Watch to complete your journey. If it runs out of battery in the middle of a rail journey, you will not be able to touch out at the end and could be charged a maximum fare.
Oh dear. Because of course ‘checking that you have enough battery on your iPhone or Apple Watch to complete your journey’ is difficult at the best of times, imagine descending into the London Underground with one while it desperately scans for a network and wifi calling – a bit like this guy:
Yes, good old Kevin is so smart that when questioned by a member of the public he shows that his iPhone 6 can make a call using a technology BlackBerrians had with UMA which the carriers stopped supporting over 2 years ago.
Still, there’s one consolation in that not only will he have next to no battery life left (even if he arrived with 100%) which will mean that he’s charged full fare anyway (not so smart now matey!) but also that:
What’s more, TfL warned that making or receiving calls while trying to touch in or out of tube gates can cause problems.
Oh, that makes a mess of that then.
I suppose we can sum up the UK’s intitial reaction to this latest iNnovation already, just days into it’s launch, with the following quote from the very same article..
A visit to Twitter shows that these aren’t the only problems iPhone-wielding commuters are facing. Many have complained that using Apple Pay isn’t as quick as using a contactless card, especially when it struggles to read your sweaty, post-commute fingerprints.
Ah yes. The world famous ‘secure’ fingerprint scanner.
The whole thing is almost as much of a joke as a man trying to make serious points on camera whilst smoking a bong.
Or owning an Apple Watch.
So, if you’re an iPhonian and you don’t want someone messing around with your bank account to the extent that you get fined for someone else’s bad technology, the simple answer is to only use Apple Pay when you have a decent battery level.
Pretty much never then.