It’s exactly a year since the Hong Kong Smart Octopus card launched on Samsung Pay. And just like last year, rumors are flying again before a launch, this time on Apple Pay. We will know in the next few weeks. It may arrive in tandem with a iOS 12.x update though last years launch was a low key ‘what? it’s here?’ affair.
- An Apple Watch Series 2 (purchased in Japan), Apple Watch Series 3, or Apple Watch Series 4
- An iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus (purchased in Japan), iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR
The process for adding cards will be slightly different from Suica and closer to Apple Pay China Transit Cards for Beijing and Shanghai: new cards can be created in Apple Pay Wallet and plastic cards can be transferred, but just like Suica, plastic Octopus cards cannot be used after being transferred.
A lot of iPhone users in Hong Kong have been waiting for Smart Octopus on Apple Pay since the debut of global FeliCa iPhone, it will certainly be a welcome addition.
Hong Kong transit directions will also be added to Apple Maps with the Apple Pay Smart Octopus launch. They will be integrated similar to Japanese transit in Apple Maps that notifies insufficient Suica Express Card balance for on route transit fare.
More Smart Octopus
It looks like we’ll have to wait 6 months for Smart Octopus Apple Pay with iOS 13.
Tim Cook’s remark about more Apple Pay Transit coming later this year at today’s keynote was a clear sign that more transit goodness is on tap for iOS 13.