It’s only a matter of time before Apple Pay launches in Canada with American Express, as Apple CEO Tim Cook announced it would be coming in 2015. But how soon though? According to an anonymous tipster, Canadians can expect Apple Pay to launch with American Express on Monday, November 30. While things can always change, take this with a grain of salt; but as of now, it seems like a plausible launch date.
Last week American Express started to inform customers Apple Pay was “coming soon”, while the company’s website also told cardholders to “stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.”
There is also another sign the launch is imminent, as attempting to add your existing American Express to Apple Pay on your iPhone 6/6s now triggers an email from Amex, according to numerous iPhone in Canada readers. The email explains American Express was unsuccessful in connecting your card to Apple Pay “on your phone”. We were able to confirm it below:
Previously, this never happened, as users would just be greeted by the standard “Apple Pay is only supported in the U.S. and the UK” message on iPhone when trying to add a random Canadian credit card, especially with an Amex card. Here are the steps to try adding your Canadian credit card to Apple Pay (it won’t work, but it’ll give you an idea of the setup).
If one of the next iOS 9.2 betas contains support for setting up Apple Pay in Canada, then you know it’s coming sooner rather than later. Last year, iOS 8.1 was released on Monday, October 20 in the U.S., bringing Apple Pay support with it. We’re close, folks!