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Apple Pay hits the web next week

Apple Pay headed for the web, Japan, New Zealand, and Russia
Apple Pay for Japan
In addition to gaining support for Safari users on any Mac introduced starting in 2012, the service will become available in Japan this month as well, with New Zealand and Russia also scheduled to gain access later this fall.

Apple Pay will expand its reach this fall, mainly thanks to the introduction of iOS 10 and the new iPhone 7 devices, as well as the Apple Watch 2. According to the Cupertino-based company, the web version of its payments service will work on any Mac introduced starting in 2012, as long as it runs macOS Sierra.

The first new market to gain Apple Pay access is Japan, where the service will debut next month. The list of supported credit and prepaid card issuers in Japan at launch is quite long - AEON, Credit Saison, JCB, Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos, Orient Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Card, Toyota Finance, UC Cards and View Card, and carriers KDDI, NTT Docomo, and Softbank.

Apple Pay works in Japan with a different contactless tap-to-pay technology, dubbed FeliCa. FeliCa chips are made by Sony and are widely used in the country by smartphone users to pay for public buses and train passes, among other things.

Next to Japan, New Zealand is also expected to get Apple Pay access in October. Russia should also join the list of countries with Apple Pay support by the end of this fall.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-09- 8 (Update: 2016-09- 8)