What you need to know
- Hong Kong's Octopus Card now supports Apple Pay.
- The card is a popular choice for transit and retail purchases.
- It had been rumored for a launch on Apple Pay since 2017.
After a long wait, Hong Kong's Octopus card is finally available for Apple Pay. Reported by Ata Distance, the card is now available for iPhone and Apple Watch owners to add the card to their Wallet app to start making contactless payments.
The report says that the card is compatible with the iPhone 8 and later and that already having a Hong Kong card in your Wallet is key to unlocking the full benefits of the Octopus card when using it with Apple Pay.
The card had been rumored to launching on Apple Pay since 2017 but had been delayed until now. It is unclear as to why it was delayed for so long - some speculate a slow testing period while others claim political issues.
Octopus Card cardholders can add their card to their Wallet app starting today for use on the iPhone and Apple Watch.
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