During the iPhone 7 event, Apple announced that its mobile payment service will be making a move to Japan. However, at that time, the company did not mention any specific dates, it was only confirmed that Apple Pay support will arrive sometime in October. Now, alongside the public rollout of iOS 10.1, Apple has made Apple Pay live in Japan. Let's see some more details on the mobile payment service.
Apple Pay Is Now Available In Japan Using The FeliCa Standard
Apple Pay is now available for use in all outlets that accepts Suica prepaid money card, iD or QuickPay. Apple Pay in Japan is more than just paying through NFC. This is because it uses the FeliCa payment standard which is widely adopted in the region. Moreover, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models which were sold in Japan also incorporated a FeliCa chip. Other than this, the Apple Watch Series 2 also featured the same internals for payment through FeliCa standards.
This means that iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users residing in Japan can now use Apple Pay as a medium of payment in cafes, make app purchases on the website and purchase tickets and much more. Apple Pay can also be used to replace a Suica card as well. It's definitely good to see Apple expanding its mobile payment service across the globe. Even though the service is not too old, the expansion is sure to be admired. Including Japan, Apple Pay is now available in 12 countries.
If you're planning to use a Suica card or the Suica commuter card with Apple Pay, you need to add it to the Wallet app. Once you do that, you will be able to use your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in place of your standard card. In Japan, Apple Pay works with debit or credit card which is issued by the American Express, Mastercard, Aeon Financial, Orico, JCB, Softbank, View Card, and many more.
If you're looking to make transportation and in store purchases in Japan, you must have the Apple Watch Series 2, iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus. The rest of supported Apple device like the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus along with the iPhone SE can be used to make purchases on the web and within apps. It's good to see the company keeping support for older devices as a mean of payment.
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