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Apple Pay Said Ready to go Live in Japan – Indicates iOS 10.1 Public Release to Happen Soon

Apple Pay Said Ready to go Live in Japan – Indicates iOS 10.1 Public Release to Happen Soon

Reports coming out of Japan indicate Apple Pay could go live in that country as early as October 25. That indicates Apple’s iOS 10.1 update, currently in beta test, would also go live next week. Apple Pay in Japan is said to be part of the upcoming mobile OS update.

Apple Pay Said Ready to go Live in Japan - Indicates iOS 10.1 Public Release to Happen Soon

AppleInsider:

Local media covering Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent trip to Japan reported the tech giant has plans to launch Apple Pay as part of iOS 10.1 next Tuesday, according to blog Ata Distance.

Lending credence to the report are the system maintenance downtimes that are sceduled for October 25 by Japanese mobile provider Docomo’s iD payment service and railway company JR East’s Suica transit card system. Both systems will offer Apple Pay compatibility at launch.

Apple announced upcoming Japanese market availability for Apple Pay at last month’s iPhone event. The company did not announce a firm date during the event.

Both Docomo’s iD payment service and JR East’s Suica transit card system use FeliCa Type-F NFC contactless technology. All iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2 devices sold in the Japanese market support the FeliCa technology.

Apple is looking to get a piece of the valuable commuter payments market in Japan, by offering Apple Pay compatibility for Suica transit cards from JR East and tap-to-pay systems from Docomo and QUICPay.

“We are incredibly excited to bring iPhone 7 to customers in Japan so they can experience the magic of Apple Pay,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in September. Cook was able to try out the Suica compatibility during a visit to Japan last week, using his iPhone 7 to enter a gate JR East’s Yamanote Line in Tokyo.

Apple’s iOS 10.1 update is currently only available to developers and member of Apple’s Public Beta Testing program.

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