MasterCard has announced that it will offer its customers access to Apple Pay, which is transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay, when it launches in the UK.Apple confirmed at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday that it will launch the biometric payment system in the UK this July.Apple Pay will be supported by more than 70% of the credit and debit cards in the UK, said Apple executive Jennifer Bailey at WWDC.MasterCard says it has built a foundation for the mobile transactions made with Apple Pay, to allow consumers to use their cards where and how they want with a seamless payment experience. In shops, consumers can pay contactlessly simply by holding their iPhone near a contactless terminal and authenticating with Touch ID. For purchases within an app, consumers simply touch to pay and authenticate with their fingerprint or passcode for a seamless experience without having to enter their card number or leave the app.MasterCard has noted that it is working with several banks, including: HSBC; MBNA; RBS/Natwest and Santander, to enable users of an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch to use their MasterCard credit, debit or prepaid cards directly through Apple Pay.”Apple Pay, combined with MasterCard's digital payments technology, gives consumers a simple, convenient and secure way to shop,” said Mark Barnett, President of MasterCard UK & Ireland. “MasterCard was first in the world to offer contactless and mobile payment solutions, and Britons have rapidly adopted tap and pay behaviour. In the UK, we make more than 10 contactless payments every second, and on Transport for London alone, commuters tap to pay over one million times a day. With this clear shift in payment preference so strongly embedded, we are excited that MasterCard cardholders will soon be able to make payments from some of their Apple devices, knowing that every purchase is secure and offers all the same guarantees and benefits they've come to expect from using their MasterCard.”