The Canadian launch of Apple Pay could be closer than TD Bank’s CIO led us to believe: According to sources familiar with the matter, the recently launched mobile payment platform could make its debut as soon as March.
Just as in other parts of the world (see China and UK), Apple is in negotiation with partners in the country. The sources, talking to 9to5Mac, say Canadian launch partners are “in the process of planning advertising and other promotional material for March”. However, there is a possibility of a later launch if the parties don’t agree on terms.
Sources say partners are currently in negotiations with Apple regarding the launch scheduled to come sometime in the first half of this year. Apple and Canadian launch partners are in the process of planning advertising and other promotional material for March, which indicates that the launch could come as soon as then. Of course, these are still active discussions and it’s possible the talks could fail to result in a launch by March. Several sources, however, tell us Apple is currently targeting that timeframe.
Since the launch of Apple Pay, Canadians have been wondering when the company will bring this mobile payment platform to the country. Fact is, Canadians are ready to leave their wallet back home and use their device instead, according to a recent PayPal study.
While the list of possible partners (at launch) is still an open question, Apple Pay expert Brian Roemmele says there seems to be a race between Canada and the UK. Let’s wait and see who gets it first – Canada, the UK, or maybe even China?