You'll soon be able to get your daily Starbucks caffeine fix with Apple Pay.
Starbucks coffee shops will begin accepting Apple's mobile payment system in a pilot program in a number of stores starting this year, Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, said on Thursday. Starbucks will roll out the availability more broadly in 2016, reaching all 7,500 company-owned stores nationwide.
KFC and Chili's restaurants also will begin accepting Apple Pay in 2016, Bailey said at Re/code's Code/Mobile technology conference in Half Moon Bay, California.
Best Buy is now accepting Apple Pay in all of its 1,400 stores nationwide, she said. And you can now book flights within Delta’s Fly Delta app with Apple Pay.
Apple launched the payment service a year ago and has claimed 2015 would be the "year of Apple Pay" as it aggressively courts retailers. But interviews by Reuters with analysts, merchants and others have suggested that Apple's forecast may have been too optimistic and that many retailers remain skeptical about the payment system. Customer demand for mobile wallets has been slow, and analysts agree that they remain a tiny percentage of U.S. retail transactions.