“Hong Kong’s tepid mobile payments market may have received its biggest boost to date, after Apple Pay was rolled out on Wednesday to eligible cardholders of American Express, Visa and MasterCard,” Bien Perez reports for The South China Morning Post.

“The city is the third major market in the Asia-Pacific where the contactless mobile payment service, introduced by Apple about 20 months ago, has been launched this year following mainland China and Singapore,” Perez reports. “There are an estimated 10,000 merchant locations in Hong Kong that accept Apple Pay, and more than 10 million in all nine major markets where the service has launched so far.”

“Participating banks in the city include Standard Chartered, DBS, Hang Seng Bank, HSBC, Bank of East Asia and BOC Credit Card, a subsidiary of Bank of China (Hong Kong),” Perez reports. “Apple Pay, which was launched in October 2014, is also available in the United States Canada, Britain, France, Switzerland and Australia.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Slowly, but surely — and seemingly picking up steam as of late — Apple Pay rolls around the globe!

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