The arrival of the Suica transit platform on the Apple Pay platform heralded a progression of innovation.
- October 2016 : Suica is the first transit card on Apple Pay and also the debut of Express Transit and FeliCa
- September 2017: global NFC Apple Pay arrives with iPhone 8/X/Apple Watch Series 3
- September 2018: A12 Bionic NFC delivers Express Cards with power reserve and Background NFC tag reading
- September 2019: direct creation of Suica in Wallet
The last one is a small step with big implications that people are only beginning to see. Instead of a plastic card that is read into Wallet or added to Wallet with a 3rd party app, Suica creation is now a basic function of iOS 13 Wallet that works with other Apple Pay cards from anywhere to add money. Suica is part of iOS. Think about that.
All of these developments have been driven by Suica, this is why Suica is the Apple Pay bellweather. Transit card creation in Wallet and adding money with Apple Pay cards from anywhere will undoubtedly be part of Apple Pay Octopus and migrate to other Apple Pay Transit cards over time. If you want to see where the Apple Pay puck is going, keep an eye on Apple Pay Suica developments. What arrives on Suica first becomes standard later.