Work on the Hong Kong Octopus Card compatible with Apple Pay will be delayed until 2020, meaning Hong Kong residents and visitors will not be able to shop and use public transport via iOS devices this year as planned. Octopus Limited announced today that Apple Pay’s support has been delayed until sometime in 2020 after the company said it would complete the deployment by the end of 2019.
When Apple Pay support is completed, Hong Kong residents will be allowed to add Octopus cards to the Wallet app to make contactless fare payments using the iPhone or Apple Watch, while the Hong Kong region may also support express Transit mode. This means that users don’t have to authenticate their iPhone or Apple Watch with a Face ID, Touch ID or password, and can make payments by tapping the card-reading device.
For Apple Pay, 2019 is an important year for express Transit models to begin to gain popularity, with services launched in major cities around the world, including London and New York. Cities such as Philadelphia, San Diego, Shenzhen and Washington, D.C., also plan to support Apple Pay in 2020.