Good news for those eager to take advantage of Apple Pay: 9to5Mac had obtained a leaked internal memo from Panera Bread that points to Monday, October 20th as the launch date for Apple's new mobile payment platform.
According to the memo, Panera employees have access to an online training course for utilizing Apple Pay on VeriFone readers, and stores without the hardware will reportedly receive further instructions on the 20th.
This message is intended for bakery-cafes that have installed Verifone systems. As you are aware, Panera is a featured partner with Apple in their announcement of the iPhone 6 and the new Apple Pay platform. Now, we are excited to share that Apple is very close to releasing Apple Pay and actually planning to launch on October 20th... With the release of Apple Pay, we expect customers coming in to use Apple Pay, as well as an increase in other customers coming in to use other types of Tap & Pay like Google Wallet or SoftCard.