Users in discussion forum AppleTalk Australia have spotted Apple Pay badges added to Apple Maps listings for select Coles and Woolworths supermarket locations in Australia, as spotted by MacRumors. In addition, the Apple Pay badge also shows up in Canada searches for Whole Foods.
Since the logo is reserved for locations that accept Apple Pay, this could be a hint at Australian and Canadian launches of the anticipated mobile payment platform.
In Australia, the logo appears on Apple Maps for Coles and Woolworths store listings in or near Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. As reported by AppleTalk Australia users, many other Coles and Woolworths listings lack the Apple Pay logo. In Canada, however, the Whole Foods chain seems to support Apple Pay in every store.
Another major retailer adding the Apple Pay badge is McDonald’s, although you won’t find the logo on every Apple Maps listing.
Considering earlier reports of an imminent Apple Pay launch in Canada, this doesn’t seem to be an error, as two major retailers already have added the badge. Now it remains to be seen when will Apple announce the official launch, as the company apparently looks to enable its mobile payment platform in several countries simultaneously.