“Apple launched Apple Pay in Russia on Tuesday, extending the payment platform’s reach to ten countries around the globe,” Jake Smith reports for ZDNet.

“Apple Pay, which allows users to pay with an iPhone or Apple Watch through a contactless sales point, will be available through Sberbank and MasterCard,” Smith reports. “Apple Pay launched in [the U.S.A.] 2014, with the gradual global rollout making the service available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland and United Kingdom.”

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“‘Apple Pay is driving the popularization of contactless payments in Russia and globally. Many of Sberbank clients actively use new technologies, and an increasing number of them will prefer cash-free and contactless payment using their smartphones,’ Alexander Torbakhov, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank, commented on the news,” TASS reports. “Apple Pay works with iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and later, and Apple Watch.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Slowly – glacially, even – Apple Pay rolls out around the world! Поздравляю, Россияне!