The iPhone X Apple Pay Winner is Suica

Japanese IT Journalist Tsutsumu Ishikawa, one of the few to receive early iPhone X review unit a week ago, field tests Apple Pay and declares Suica is THE Apple Pay card for iPhone X. After one day with iPhone X, I agree: the double-click side button gesture to activate Apple Pay takes getting used to.

Express Transit Suica doesn’t need Touch ID or Face ID.  It was already my favorite Apple Pay feature in iPhone 7, more so than ever on iPhone X. Many Japanese and inbound Apple Pay Suica users are sure to agree.

One thing I notice with iPhone X is that tapping Suica notifications brings up a Recharge option. I didn’t notice this in iPhone 7 but have not confirmed if it is a iOS 11 feature I missed or a iPhone 8/iPhone X feature.

It’s very handy. One tap and you are in the Suica Recharge screen. Face ID activation and payment is the side button double-click.



Upgrading to iPhone X? Don’t Forget the Suica Two-Step

Apple Pay Suica is different from Apple Pay credit cards in that Suica can only exist on a single device. An Apple Pay credit card can coexist on iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad, not so with Suica.

When you migrate to a new iPhone or Apple Watch you must delete Suica from the old device first before setting up your new iPhone. Fortunately this is very easy to do. In Wallet simply delete Suica from the old device before migrating. Once you have setup your new iPhone simply add Suica in Wallet in the new device as shown in the above video. JR East has a nice Japanese support video too showing the same operation.

Don’t worry about losing your Suica SF account balance or commuter pass information. Apple Pay and the Mobile Suica system preserve all of your Suica information. Just make sure that you are signed in with the same Apple ID on your new iPhone, Apple Pay is turned on and iPhone Region is set to Japan.

Notice to smartEX users: a new Suica ID will be generated each time you delete/add the same Suica to Apple Pay. Make sure to update the Suica ID number in EX App.

Apple Omotesando Store: 600 Lineup for iPhone X

Japanese IT journalist Tsutsumu Ishikawa was one of the very very few to get a week with an iPhone X review unit. He reviewed it last night on his Smartphone Media #1 podcast/video. He also said he would be checking out the Apple Store Omotesando Store line this morning which was estimated at 250~300 last night around 10:30 pm.

It’s way more than that now, backed up around the corner all the way to Aoyama 3 Chome intersection. 600 estimate, 550 according to Apple. Insane. Like Ishikawa san says, no way folks that far back will get a iPhone X today.