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Apple’s foray into the Vietnamese market has been met with enthusiasm, as the tech giant recently launched its online store in the country. This move has been a game-changer for Vietnamese consumers, who previously relied solely on third-party resellers to get their hands on Apple products.
Now, Apple seems poised to deepen its presence in Vietnam, with an exciting rumor suggesting that Apple Pay will soon be available in the country.
An accidental revelation by Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, as reported by Tinhte, unveiled the news of Apple Pay’s arrival in the country. Although the page has since been removed, it can still be accessed via Web Archive, serving as confirmation of the imminent launch.
According to the deleted article, “Apple Pay has made its debut in Vietnam, providing a new and convenient payment option for Apple users in the country. […] With the introduction of Apple Pay in Vietnam, it is expected to further boost the adoption of cashless payment methods in the country.”
Insiders have also provided additional insights, revealing that Apple intends to roll out Apple Pay in Vietnam this month alongside the release of iOS 16.6, which is currently undergoing beta testing.
Evidence supporting this development comes from observant customers of TPBank, a Vietnamese bank, who noticed last year that the terms and conditions for adding new cards to Samsung Pay and Google Pay (both already available in Vietnam) mentioned support for Apple Pay. At the time, ShrimpApplePro predicted a November launch, but that timeline didn’t materialize.
This situation mirrors what transpired before the introduction of Apple Pay in South Korea earlier this year. Similar to Vietnam, the launch in South Korea faced delays due to regulatory demands, despite multiple pre-announcement references to Apple Pay’s arrival.
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For iPhone and Apple Watch users, Apple Pay offers a seamless in-store payment experience by simply holding their devices close to the credit or debit card reader. Furthermore, Apple Pay extends its convenience to online transactions, enabling users to make purchases through apps and websites. Importantly, this feature is also available for iPad and Mac users. As of now, Apple Pay operates in over 80 countries across the globe.
Apple Pay’s arrival in Vietnam is expected to revolutionize the payment landscape, encouraging more consumers to embrace cashless transactions. With this imminent expansion, Apple reaffirms its commitment to fostering a seamless and secure payment ecosystem for users worldwide.