Apple allows union card payment on appstore China

Today, November 17, Apple announced that their China appstore will start to accept Union card payments, meaning Chinese Apple users can directly use any Chinese issued debit or credit card to pay instead of Visa, MasterCard or top-up payment.

Eddy Cue, senior vice president of internet software and services for Apple, says that payments via Union-pay are always in highest demand from Chinese Apple users, who push China to become the second biggest app market for Apple. Right now, we have decided to offer this convenient payment service to our Chinese users. With this service, users only click once to complete the payment.

China UnionPay hasn’t yet said anything regarding this. It is reported that currently UnionPay has issued over 4.5 billion bank cards, with operations spread throughout China cities, villages and extensive cooperation with approximately 400 institutes in more than 140 countries and regions in the world.

However, Apple hasn’t released any news regarding the previous rumor about NFC payment cooperation with UnionPay. Since Apple made the announcement that their new devices would provide NFC-based wireless payment service ApplePay, UnionPay was reported to assist ApplePay’s establishment in China. The industry pointed out that Apple was in association with UnionPay regarding ApplePay, which would launch at the beginning of 2015. Meanwhile, one insider thinks that they may have had arguments in aspects such as cost and way of cooperation, affecting the further process on ApplePay.

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