Apple Pay to Launch in China for UnionPay Cardholders

Apple has announced Apple Pay in China, for its hundreds of millions UnionPay cardholders, to allow easy mobile payments whether on iPhone or Apple Watch, to work with China UnionPay QuickPass, in early 2016:

“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.”

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Apple Pay will work with any China UnionPay QuickPass-enabled POS terminals. Apple Pay works on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, along with Apple Watch paired with an iPhone 5 or newer. For in-app payments, the mobile payment is supported on iPad mini 3/4, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro.

Last month, Bloomberg reported Apple Pay had inked a deal with UnionPay for Apple Pay, along with access to nearly 5 million NFC terminals.

The launch of Apple Pay in China comes on the heels of similar launches in Australia and Canada for American Express cardholders. Other countries that support Apple Pay include the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

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  • Mr Dog

    The whole world is going to have it by the time Canada’s big 5 banks get it.

  • Dany Quirion

    Haha even chinese bank are going foward

  • winnertakesteve

    So all that Td stuff really was just smoke and mirrors. Looks like all the “birdies” we’re wrong. Also I tried to sign up for Amex a month ago and they’ve never processed my application. Nor does any place I frequent even take them. The disappointment continues 🙁

  • Jack

    Apple Pay hasn’t actually launched yet it’s only been announced for early 2016 through Union pay in China.

  • Jack

    *title should be changed is what I’m implying.

  • Cornfed710

    iPhone 5S or newer

  • Cornfed710

    Did you try and follow up with Amex?

  • Widohmaker

    As expected, the big 5 Canadian Banks are colluding again to stop progress.

  • mxmgodin

    Nope, they are right. Apple Pay on the Apple Watch is compatible with the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s too.

  • Cornfed710

    Thanks for the correction, I always thought the watch only worked with 5s and above.

  • ShaBi

    It’s smoke and mirrors only if you put it that way. It’s actually great to see at least TD is potentially, or possibly, preparing for Apple Pay. No one said anything is set in stone, everything up till now are just rumors and speculations. Stop reading too much into it and you won’t have disappointments, all we can do is wait anyways.

  • Parksy

    I don’t know why everyone is so upset about the lack of Apple Pay in Canada. I signed up for an Amex when they announced they were getting it in Canada. I use the Amex all the time but rarely use Apple Pay. It’s much easier to stick the little card into a POS machine than handle my iPhone 6+ and get it in the right spot over that stupid reader. Half the time I have to sign a paper or an electronic pad. If I use the actual card and a pin I never have to do that. It’s definitely cool technology but using a card the normal way is pretty easy.

  • theKneeArrowTaker

    Lol what do u mena by “even chinese banks”. Four out of the top five biggest banks in the world are chinese.