Apple will launch its Apple Pay mobile payment system in China this week, after a member of staff at a state–run Chinese bank appeared to confirm the plans online.
Last December, Apple announced that it was working with Chinese payment service UnionPay to bring mobile payments to customers from all four of China’s main state banks early this year.
Now a staffer from Guangfa Bank has taken to WeChat and used the company’s official account to confirm a launch date of February 18th.
It had been hoped that Apple would launch the service to coincide with Chinese New Year. Major festivities are now over, however.
Online clips have suggested Apple Pay may already be working in China, with the company opting for a soft launch before going all out over the coming weekend.
Apple Pay is already available in the U.S., UK, Canada and Australia. The secure payment service has been at the centre of the latest controversy to hit Apple, after it was found that devices with Touch ID buttons replaced by third parties were not working following Apple’s latest software update.
Touch ID is the core technology behind Apple Pay, using fingerprints to ensure payments are secure.