Suica Apple Pay Without Credit Cards (U)


The basic Suica transit card is a pre-paid card. There are credit card versions like JR View Card with Suica functionality but the Suica pre-paid function is still there and separate.

Suica Apple Pay is exactly the same, you add money into the SF (Stored Fare) account and every transaction deducts SF until you need to add more. Suica Apple Pay differs only in that you use an Apple Pay credit card to add money to the SF account, but just like a real Suica card you can add money to Suica Apple Pay with real money. How?

JR East has been installing new “Charge” vending machines in major Tokyo area stations. Simply place your Suica Apple Pay ready iPhone 7 or Apple Watch Series 2 device in the blue reader bin, select the amount of money you want to add on the touch screen and feed some bills to start the process, The blue bin flashes red while the machine recharges Suica Apple Pay then turns blue when the transaction is complete. You also get a notification on your device. My shaky video of the process below gives you an idea.

You can also recharge Suica Apple Pay with cash at convenience stores. Macgeek has a video that explains how to add Suica to iPhone 7 without a credit card with a trip to Lawson.

Update 5/29
Suica/PASMO smartphone compatible charging kiosks are rapidly increasing in number in all Tokyo area transit stations, JR, Metro, Seibu, Keio, etc. Charging Suica Apple Pay with cash at any Suica/PASMO charging kiosk and any convenience store is getting easier all the time.

Japanese Train Wrapping

Japanese train enthusiasts are crazy. I like that! Nowhere else will you find so much maniacally enthusiastically gathered and curated train information.

I follow the daily rundown of Suica Apple Pay train wrappers in vain hope that Docomo iD Apple Pay will run its own train wrapping. Twitter user yatelovelive501 is a great resource for checking what and when wrapped trains are running each day.

It’s great fun and eases the daily commuter train grind.

Find My AirPods

I love macgeek san’s videos. He has a great way of explaining things by actually showing you no matter how far he has to travel.

On iOS 10.3 day he walks us through the update via iTunes 12.6 (I didn’t know 12.6 was required for an this update). Then he puts his AirPods in a coin locker (dig the Suica Apple Pay Apple Watch transaction) and drives off to Yokohama Landmark Tower to test Find My AirPods. It works.

Macgeek san makes a good point that the Find My AirPods ‘play sound’ feature only works when AirPods are out of the case and you are close enough to hear the sound. Limited but useful. Nice work.

He also posted Find My AirPods part 2 that covers what happens if you lose an AirPod when connected to Apple Watch.

Apple Pay Goes Live in Taiwan

20748-22977-170328-Apple_Pay-lApple Pay arrived in Taiwan today as expected with the release of iOS 10.3. Apple Pay for Italy and Germany were rumored to be arriving with the update as well. We should find out soon.

Mikey Campbell has all the details at Apple Insider.

What Killed Adobe

John Gruber wrote an interesting post about Fed Ex and Flash a few days ago. In it he mentioned Steve Jobs’s famous “Thoughts on Flash”. Today Gruber responded to blog post from “Virgil”

To be clear, I don’t think Jobs’s letter killed Flash. But I don’t think Adobe did either. Eventually Adobe accepted Flash’s demise. What killed Flash was Apple’s decision not to support it on iOS, combined with iOS’s immense popularity and the lucrative demographics of iOS users. If Jobs had never published “Thoughts on Flash”, Flash would still be dead. The letter explained the decision, but the decision that mattered was never to support it on iOS in the first place.

I’d go further and say that Adobe’s purchase of Macromedia killed the old Adobe long before Flash itself was killed.

The Macromedia purchase was very controversial within Adobe at the time and talented people left. The decision to manhandle Flash into every Adobe product seriously eroded quality and squandered enormous resources that could have been used to create new open standards and great new products.

Adobe is a different company today because of Flash, and lesser for it.