Japan happens to be a very lucrative market for Apple. Its products are loved in the country and Apple fans in Japan would certainly want the company to offer all of its services in their country. Apple Pay is one such service that hasn’t been launched in Japan yet but the company today confirmed the Apple Pay Japan launch for next month. The iPhone 7 is key to rolling out its mobile payments service in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Apple announced today that the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2 feature support for FeliCa – an NFC standard that’s unique to Japan – this enables these devices to support Apple Pay in the country.
Apple Pay will enable users in Japan to pay for their everyday items with their mobile device on the go, the payments service will also work for in-store payments, as well as app and online purchases. Since Maps in iOS 10 brings transit directions to Japan, users in the country will also be able to see fare breakdowns for their rides which automatically show the Suica pricing.
The company has confirmed that Apple Pay will be accepted anywhere Suica is available in Japan, they can then make payments using their iPhone or Apple Watch. Apple says that Japan’s major financial institutions will also support its mobile payments service when it launches in the country late next month.