Hong Kong transit riders will not be able to use their Octopus card with Apple Pay this year as originally promised.

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As noted by the blog Ata Distance, Octopus Cards Limited today announced that Apple Pay support has been delayed until later in 2020, after previously indicating that the rollout would be completed by the end of 2019.

Apple Pay support will allow the Octopus card to be added to the Wallet app for contactless fare payment using an iPhone or Apple Watch. Express Transit mode will likely be supported, allowing for tap-and-go payment without needing to authenticate the iPhone or Apple Watch with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.

2019 was a big year for Apple Pay with Express Transit mode, with major cities like London and New York City rolling out support. Other cities like Philadelphia, San Diego, Shenzhen, and Washington, D.C. also have plans to support Apple Pay in 2020. Apple maintains a list of supported cities on its website.

(Thanks, Kanjo!)

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Top Rated Comments

Labeno Avatar
58 months ago

However, "later in 2020" doesn't exactly imply 1st January!
It's seems comical when companies state such ambiguous dates. I was just mocking the stupidity. I wish companies would not provide release dates until the product was ready and a specific release date was announced, like Steve Jobs did where products were announced on the day of or within a week of the release date.
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nicho Avatar
58 months ago

2020 is less than two weeks away.
However, "later in 2020" doesn't exactly imply 1st January!
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ksec Avatar
58 months ago
Dont think anyone in Hong Kong gives a damn about it anymore.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
B4U Avatar
58 months ago
Why? Because the CCP cannot track the individuals without asking Apple?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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