Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Singapore, letting consumers pay in store with compatible Apple devices and make purchases within participating mobile apps using their American Express cards, with support from Visa expected “soon”.
Customers will be able to add Visa debit and credit cards issued by banks including DBS, UOB and Standard Chartered when the payment network begins supporting the mobile payment service. The list of participating banks will be updated as further banks are added, Apple says.
“Apple Pay works with American Express issued cards and soon it will work with major credit and debit cards from top banks,” Apple adds. “Just add your participating cards to Wallet and you’ll continue to get all the rewards, benefits and security of your cards.
“Apple Pay is accepted in grocery stores, boutiques, restaurants, hotels and so many places you already enjoy. You can also use Apple Pay to pay in some of the most popular apps in the App Store.”
Retailers accepting Apple Pay for in-store payments include FairPrice, G2000, Shaw Theatres, Starbucks, Topman, Topshop and Uniqlo with support from 7-Eleven, BreadTalk and Toast Box among others listed as “coming soon.”
Apple Pay launched in the US in October 2014 and has been live in the UK since July 2015. It launched in Canada in November 2015 and Australia later in the same month. It made its launch in China earlier this year, despite reports that the mobile payment service would not be launching in the country until the end of 2016. Apple Pay is also expected to launch in Spain and Hong Kong this year.