If you’re in the UK and eager to try out Apple Pay, the wait will be over as of Tuesday, according to a deleted tweet from HSBC at least.
As has happened in the past, it was by way of a helpful customer service Twitter feed that the most precise Apple Pay UK launch date thus far was brought to light.
Twitter user @AS11SY kicked off a conversation with the @HSBC_UK Twitter feed on Sunday evening:
Hey @HSBC_UK any word on when we can expect Apple Pay to launch? My phone is ready 🙂
— AS11L3Y (@AS113Y) July 12, 2015
And whilst that particular feed politely confirmed that it’d be launching ‘any day now’ initially…
@AS113Y Apple Pay will be launching any day now, so stay tuned! ^FP
— HSBC UK (@HSBC_UK) July 12, 2015
…It went on to reveal that the bank was expecting Apple Pay to formally go live in the UK on Tuesday. Not long after the tweet in question was posted and other users had picked up on this key morsel of new information did HSBC removed the tweet and continue subsequent conversations as if it had never been mentioned.
Luckily, one eagle-eyed user following along with the dialogue was able to screenshot the key tweet before deletion and whilst there’s an outside chance it’s simply a Photoshopped fabrication, we see little reason for it at this late stage.
@HSBC_UK_Help but the other official Twitter did confirm it… pic.twitter.com/mfTqm5DAHA
— Andy Thursby (@andythursby) July 12, 2015
As Alphr points out, there are other clues to Apple Pay’s imminent arrival, like signs that have started to appear in the windows of McDonald’s restaurants around the country and other sources also pointing towards a Tuesday launch.
Thankfully whether HSBC’s tweet is on the money or not, we don’t have long to wait and provided you’re packing an Apple Watch or an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus with iOS 8.4, you should be good to go when the time comes.
Read next: Apple Pay in the UK: All you need to know
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