The long-awaited Apple Pay feature has finally reached Malaysian shores, and users of Apple’s iPhone and Watch devices can now link their credit cards to make quick, contactless payments by simply touching their gadgets to payment terminals that accommodate the feature.
The feature was first introduced in 2014 alongside the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but it has taken until now for Malaysia to finally be able to access the feature, making the ninth country in the Asia Pacific (and the second in Southeast Asia) to do so.
For those wanting to make use of the feature, all that needs to be done is to simply register your credit card with the Apple Wallet app on your iPhone or Apple Watch (Tip: You must register your cards separately on each device, as doing it on just one device will not enable your cards on both gadgets if you have them).
Watch this tutorial to see exactly how to get started using Apple Pay on your devices:
Once you’re done setting up, you can use Apple Pay at any physical merchant with a terminal that supports contactless credit card payments (just look out for the logos below), with authentication done via Face ID or Touch ID.
Also, you can opt to use the feature when making online purchases through your iPhone by selecting the Apple Pay option at the check-out screen, and you can also pay for purchases made within the AppStore.
Right now, however, there are only a select number of banks currently supporting Apple Pay functionality – Maybank, Standard Chartered, and Ambank included. Any attempts to registed credit cards from other banks such as HSBC and Citibank will return a notice saying that the functionality is yet to be supported by said companies.
As this feature has only just rolled out in Malaysia, we do expect that all major banks issuing credit cards will eventually make Apple Pay functionality to their customers.
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