Apple Pay now available in Malaysia


Apple Pay lets users perform contactless payment with their iPhones. — ANGELIN YEOH/The Star

Mobile payment service Apple Pay is now available in Malaysia with three supporting banks namely Maybank, AmBank and Standard Chartered.

The feature which goes live for users in Malaysia today (Aug 9) enables them to perform contactless payment with iOS devices such as the iPhone and Apple Watch.

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To do so, users first need to save their bank card details in the built-in Wallet app on their iOS devices. Once saved, they can start authenticating payments using Face ID or Touch ID.

For offline purchases, users can tap devices to make payments with NFC. Apple Pay can also be used an as online payment method for platforms like Shopee. They can also look at purchase history on the Wallet app.

They can also use the Apple Watch to make payment. — ANGELIN YEOH/The StarThey can also use the Apple Watch to make payment. — ANGELIN YEOH/The Star

Malaysia is the second country in South-East Asia, after Singapore, to get Apple Pay.

First launched for users in the United States back in 2014, the company claims that Apple Pay is a more secure payment method than using physical cards. The company in its FAQ said the user’s card number and identity won’t be shared with merchants, and actual cards’ numbers are not stored on the device or Apple servers.

Users need compatible devices with Face ID and Touch ID as well as latest iOS update to access the feature. They can find out if their devices support Apple Pay through this support page.

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