Apple Pay rumored to launch in France in 2016; China release could happen this week


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Apple’s mobile payments option, Apple Pay, has seen its rollout expand beyond the United States, and now France and China look to be on the docket.

According to a new report published by iGen, based in France, Apple Pay could get a regional announcement sometime in the first half of 2016, with a launch soon after. It has been suggested that Apple could outline the Apple Pay launch in France at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place in June, but that isn’t guaranteed at this point. Negotiations are reportedly still underway, and there’s no telling when those will be finalized.

That’s not all, though. According to other reports, Apple Pay could be launching in China as early as Thursday, February 18. At least one bank, Guangfa Bank, has confirmed to a customer through a WeChat transcript that Apple Pay support is set to launch later this week. It’s already been confirmed that Apple Pay, with a partnership with UnionPay, would launch in China in the early part of 2016.

As it stands, Apple Pay is currently available in the United States and in the United Kingdom. The mobile payment option is available in part, through a partnership with American Express, in Canada and in Australia.

If you’re in France or China, are you looking forward to Apple Pay’s arrival?

[via 9to5Mac; iGen; CNBeta]

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