After almost two years of planning, Apple is finally ready to launch Apple Pay in China, the world’s second biggest retail market.
The announcement was made on Apple’s developer news site, and mentioned that apps and retailers in China can now accept Apple Pay using supported cards.
You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in China, providing an easy, secure, and private way for them to pay using their China UnionPay credit and debit cards. Apple Pay lets users buy physical goods and services within your app without having to enter payment or contact information.
It’s no surprise that Apple Pay is finally coming to China. Back in Novemeber, we reported that Apple Pay would likely arrive in China in February, which Tim Cook at the time said was at “the top of the list” of Cupertino’s priorities.
With brick-and-mortar retailers continuing to rollout in China, and sales in the country on the rise, Apple Pay looks to be another feather in Cupertino’s hat. Maybe now Tim Cook’s prophecy about China overtaking the United States as Apple’s biggest market will come true. Hey, it can’t hurt.