Well, it finally happened. After yesterday’s enthusiasm about using my Apple Watch to pay for stuff (i.e. cake), I went to use Passbook on my watch this morning to buy breakfast at Starbucks. I was all set: Passbook app and correct card on screen.
I leant forward towards the scanner and…nothing happened. Cue passive-aggressive sigh from the girl behind me. I tried again and…nothing. I could feel the panic rising in my chest. I stared at the scanner, willing it to to work.
Helpfully, the smiling barista pointed out the watch screen was dark, so I flipped my wrist, up popped the relevant card and my purchase went through. I felt my shoulders slump back into their normal, slumped position. Oh, the relief.
A delay of approximately 5 seconds, but enough to make the girl behind me continue sighing like she was auditioning for porn and make a comment along the lines of “what’s wrong with cash?”
A quick glance behind me revealed her to be clutching a Blackberry like it was a weapon. What indeed is wrong with cash? Nothing. And what’s wrong with using a mobile phone that was last relevant sometime in the dark ages? Plenty, but I wouldn’t comment on it to her face. Her choice.
Each to their own.
So I’ve survived my first mildly humiliating Apple Pay failure. But in terms of awkwardness, paying with the Apple Watch via Passbook isn’t as easy as using Apple Pay or simply waving my iPhone near the terminal.
Maybe a “magic trick” to reserve for when I’m last in the queue…