Apple Pay support for UnionPay hints at arrival in China


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While it was revealed on September 11 that the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus would not be launching in China on September 19, it is not all bad news for those who want to take advantage of Apple Pay.

According to a report published by 9to5Mac, citing a tweet sent out by @KhaosT, support for Apple Pay by UnionPay in China suggests that Apple’s mobile payment system will indeed have support within the region when the devices launch at some point later in the near future. The support for the credit card type was found within iOS 8 code. It has been further corroborated by MarketWatch, which reports that sources have told them a deal is indeed in the works to bring the service to China.

Apple on September 9 officially unveiled Apple Pay as a service available only in the United States at launch. The service will be brought to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus sometime in October through a software update.

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus went up for pre-order earlier on September 12, and shipping dates were quickly pushed back as orders came flooding in.

[via 9to5Mac; MarketWatch; @KhaosT]

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