At the beginning of May, when iTWire asked NAB whether it had any plans to offer Apple Pay, the bank was unwilling to give an indication either way.
In a statement on Tuesday, NAB chief customer experience officer Rachel Slade said: “We’ve been hearing from customers that they want Apple Pay and it’s great to be able to launch this service today."
Apple Pay allows people to pay via their iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac and is available for NAB personal and business customers with an eligible NAB Visa debit or credit card.
The banks had sought authorisation to bargain with Apple for access to the near-field communication controller in iPhones, and reasonable access terms to the App Store.
Such access would have allowed the four to offer their own integrated digital wallets to iPhone customers in competition with Apple’s digital wallet, without using Apple Pay.
Subsequently, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank quietly adopted Apple Pay. ANZ was not part of this cartel, and has been offering Apple Pay since April 2016.
Slade added: "We’re continuing to listen to customer feedback and take action to become the bank our customers want.
“As part of our transformation we are investing significantly in our technology and digital services to support our customers to manage their money how they choose.”