Apple makes Payment to launch this year in Japan, New Zealand and Russia
- September 19, 2016
To an extent, overshadowed by recent announcements of iPhone and Apple Watch product, Apple announced its tyro payment service. Apple Pay is all set to expand into Japan, New Zealand and Russia this year. Noted that iPhone 7, 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 hardware all shall be compatible with the FeliCa NFC technology of Japan with their debut.
Apple is pushing early integration with Suica transit cards as a number of tap-to-pay services trusts on FeliCa technology. Now, the commuters can use iPhone to pay for the ride and buy products from retail locations at places accepting Suica, iD or QUICPay, soon as the Japanese transit data goes live in iOS 10. As illustrated by regional blog Ata Distance, A release, by JR East, to a standalone Suica app for card management and recharge is planned. This app will generate a virtual Suica card and shall link the debit and credit cards run through Apple Pay.
Launch in japan:
In Japan, the Apple Pay is expected to debut in October. This is all in support provided by Japanese credit and prepaid card brands, including the AEON, JCB, Credit Saison, Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos, Orient Corporation, UC Cards, Sumitomo Mitsui Card, Toyota Finance and View Card. The Cellular carriers KDDI, Softbank and NTT Docomo are also added in the list. The Apple online Apple Pay variant will turn live at the same time.
The Apple Pay is also anticipated to launch in New Zealand very soon. The Apple chief, Jennifer Bailey is reported saying:
"Our customers in the nine markets around the world where Apple Pay is alive today love how convenient it makes their day-to-day shopping, and we can't wait to bring Apple Pay to New Zealand so customers there can start making easy, secure and private payments in their favorite stores, apps and on the web".
Apple is scheduled to initiate an Apple Pay service in Russia too. However, an exact launch timeline has not been publicized.
After its domestic launch in 2014, Apple Pay has developed to cover nine markets. This includes Australia, France, Canada, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, UK and Switzerland.