On Thursday, Apple announced that they’ve reached a deal with China UnionPay to bring Apple Pay to China by early 2016. The partnership will let UnionPay cardholders to take advantage of Apple’s mobile payment system on the iPhone, Apple Watch and within apps on the iPad.
Using Apple Pay in Chinese stores will be as easy as holding your iOS device near a UnionPay QuickPass-enabled POS terminal by placing your finger on Touch ID. Furthermore, with the Apple Watch, users will be able to double-click the side button and hold the Watch face up to the contactless reader.
In addition, you can read some of the official press release note below:
“China UnionPay is dedicated to promoting payment innovations and providing secure, convenient mobile payment experiences for its hundreds of millions of cardholders, aligning multiple parties in the industry,” said Chai Hongfeng, executive vice president of China UnionPay. “We’re very excited to offer Apple Pay among a diverse set of innovative payment options that work with China UnionPay QuickPass.”
“Apple Pay has revolutionized the way millions of people pay every day with their iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is an extremely important market for Apple and with China UnionPay and support from 15 of China’s leading banks, users will soon have a convenient, private and secure payment experience.”
Ever since launching in the U.S. last fall, the company has slowly begun expanding Apple Pay to other countries like Canada and the UK. Moreover, given that China is the second largest market to the company, it’s highly suspected that the country is a top priority and could be next on Apple’s rollout list.
Source info: Apple.com
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