Apple Tap to Pay feature now available outside the US


Apple has expanded the Tap to Pay feature for iPhone users outside the US. Launched last year, Tap to Pay is an Apple Pay feature that allows users to make contactless payments. The iPhone becomes a point of sale terminal that can accept Apple Pay, a digital wallet, or a card with an NFC chip. Apple Tap to Pay is now available in Taiwan.

According to Apple, the company is working with “leading brands and app developers” from the payments industry for the launch of Tap to Pay in Taiwan. As a result, China Trust Bank and Tappay are the first platforms to support the Apple Tap to Pay feature in Taiwan. Accepting payments through Apple Tap to make payments in Taiwan is now Taiwan Mobile and Taiwan Taxi.

But Apple is working to get more financial institutions on board. Later this year, Taipei Fubon Bank will offer support for Tap to Pay.

How does Apple’s Tap to Pay work?

Apple first launched Tap to Pay in the US. The ‘Proximity Reader’ API allows app developers to integrate Tap to Pay to work with the iPhone’s NFC reader. It turns the iPhone into a point-of-sale terminal that accepts payments from Apple Pay, NFC-enabled cards, and eligible digital wallets. Apple has collaborated with various payment firms for the smooth operation of the Tap to Pay feature.

The tap to pay feature works on iPhone XS or later running iOS 15.4 or later operating system. However, users in Taiwan must have their eligible iPhones updated to iOS 16.4.

Meanwhile, Apple has also expanded the track detection feature on Apple Watch to France. Apple Watch Series 4 and later running watchOS 9.2 in France now support Track Detection. This feature, when enabled, uses combined data from GPS and Apple Maps to determine the lane of the track you’re in.

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