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Apple Pay accepted at 1 out of 2 U.S. stores, says Apple VP Jennifer BaileyThere really isn't such a thing as an Apple Pay terminal. The signs are really just alerting you to the fact Apple Pay works there. All that is required is a payment terminal that accepts contactless payments. General advice, never tell a cashier Apple Pay. Just say Mastercard or whatever, then wait for the contactless symbol to come up. Some terminals just tell you to tap without the official symbol. Then tap your iPhone or Apple Watch.
I use Apple Pay for the vast majority of my payments in stores here in Canada. Retailers that don't have contactless terminals are in the very small minority. Those holdouts (Lowes, Home Depot, Wally-Mart), I tend to avoid as much as possible.
I live right at the border and shop in the US, every few weeks. Just got to use my Apple Watch with CapitalOne Visa at Aldis...no requirement for pin or signature. My impression is that 50% is a REAL stretch!!