A leak on social media revealed that Apple Pay will launch in China this week.
Apple announced a partnership with China's UnionPay to roll out Apple Pay in China. Apple's mobile payment service is ready to go now. A leak on a public WeChat account of China Guangfa Bank and China Construction Bank revealed that Apple Pay launches at 5am on Thursday, Feb. 18 according to People.cn.
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Apple has only said so far that Apple Pay would launch in China early 2016. Apple Pay will be initially supported by 15 Chinese banks including the four largest institutions: Bank of China, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the Agricultural Bank of China and China Construction Bank.
“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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As a bankcard network, China UnionPay operates China’s national inter-bank clearing and settlement system, develops the worldwide UnionPay Card acceptance network, promotes the issuance and usage of the UnionPay cards as well as other innovative payment solutions, so as to provide quality, efficient and safe payment services to cardholders. To date, the total number of the UnionPay Card issued both at home and abroad has been over five billion.