1. Apple Pay launches in the US
Apple Pay launched this week in the US, signalling the first step towards mainstream adoption of mobile payments on the high street.
The Cupertino-based firm has convinced some of the biggest names in American retail to offer the service, which is now available at 220,000 stores in total. But what will it mean for UK customers when the service launches here?
Apple has not nailed down plans to go live with the service in Europe as yet, but the rumour mill suggests that Brits will be paying with a swipe of their expensive smartphone by early next year.
While there have been no confirmations on launches, here are some of the places where you may be able to make payments first.