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HSBC confirms Tuesday Apple Pay launch in now-deleted tweet

If it wasn’t already obvious that Apple was plotting a surprise launch of its Apple Pay mobile payment system, a tweet from HSBC opened up a can of worms by confirming a 14 July launch.

9to5Mac reports that a tweet from the firm – which is now deleted – read: “Yes! It's due to launch this Tuesday! We are excited too! ^FP”

Expanding beyond US shores for the first time, the service will be made to owners of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for contactless payments of up to £20.

Reportedly on board for the launch are Boots, BP, Lidl, Costa, KFC, McDonald's, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Liberty, Pret A Manger, Starbucks, Waitrose, the Post Office and Spar, according to IBTimes.

Apple had previously committed to a July launch – although it didn't specify an exact date.