Apple’s time-saving Apple Pay Express Transit feature is coming to London

The London transport network (TfL) says it is working closely with Apple to enable a new Apple Pay Express transit feature. Apple introduced Express Transit in iOS 12.3 earlier this month, allowing Apple Pay users to keep their devices in transit terminals without having to authenticate via Touch ID or Face ID. It is a very useful feature that accelerates the entrance to metro or train stations, and is extremely fast compared to having to authenticate. It also works on an Apple Watch, without the need to touch the side button twice.

While Express Transit works for Suica cards in Japan, TriMet in Portland, New York MTA (as of tomorrow) and China transit cards in Beijing and Shanghai, London is missing from the list for now. "We are having positive conversations with Apple about enabling express transit on Apple devices in the TfL network," says a TfL spokesperson in a statement to The Verge . "More information about the time and plans will be available at a future date."

This statement could be taken as a mere promise that it could happen in the future, but TfL is still getting clearer on its Twitter account noting that the company is "working closely with Apple to allow the benefits of This update will be introduced in the transport network of London in the coming months. "

Once the Express Transit feature is enabled for London, you will be able to select a card on your Apple Watch or iPhone that is specifically enabled to touch and use the Oyster terminals. It will not require any authentication through Face ID or Touch ID, but this will only work on compatible public transport readers, so the security implications should be quite low. This is how fast it is in Japan:

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