In February, Apple announced a new feature called "Tap to Pay" that will allow compatible phones to accept payments through Apple Pay, with no extra hardware required.

When Apple first introduced Tap to Pay, Stripe was the sole partner, but this week Apple expanded to include Adyen. Dutch payment processing company Adyen announced a partnership with Apple that will allow it to offer Tap to Pay on the iPhone in the U.S.

Adyen will work with enterprise customers and commerce platforms that include Lightspeed Commerce and NewStore, expanding the number of businesses that will be able to take advantage of Tap to Pay.

It is set to compete against existing payment solutions for merchants such as Square. Small businesses will be able to accept payments with the help of supported apps. When checking someone out, the merchant will ask the customer to have their own card, such as an Apple Watch, or a digital wallet, to complete the transaction.

The new payment feature is set to debut in the United States later this year, and though Apple has not yet provided a concrete release date, that new partners are being added suggests we could see a launch in the not too distant future.