Apple Pay is set to launch soon in Germany.
According to 9to5Mac, the Apple Pay page on Apple’s German website has a “Kommt bald” (“Coming soon”) badge, while the website for HypoVereinsbank includes “In Kürze bei uns: Apple Pay,” which is essentially the same thing.
HypoVereinsbank — one of Germany’s largest banks — also sent out a newsletter promoting the feature, and has created a website that will alert customers when they can register for the service. In addition, Apple’s website revealed that Apple Pay will also be supported by Boon, Bunq, ComDirect, Edenred, Fidor, Hanseatic Bank, N26, O2 Banking and more.
The news comes after Apple Pay added 38 new banks and credit unions in the United States and one new financial institution in China in August. The service now works with Changzhi Bank in Mainland China. In the U.S., it is available for customers at First Calgary Financial, Essex Bank, Green Dot Bank, Home Federal Bank, Kentucky Bank, Los Alamos National Bank, Poppy Bank and Prospera Credit Union, just to name a few.
In 2018, the service has popped up for iPhone users in Brazil, Ireland and Spain. It also launched in Poland in June, working with banks including Alior, BGŻ BNP Paribas, BZ WBK, Getin, mBank, Nest Bank, Pekao and Raiffeisen Polbank, with more expected to be added.
Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple Pay exhibited good growth during the first three months of the year, with active users more than doubling year over year. Additionally, the CEO said total transactions tripled on a year-over-year basis.
“We believe the availability of Apple Pay at major transit systems has been a key driver of adoption among commuters, and in March, we launched Express Transit with Apple Pay in Beijing and Shanghai — the second- and third-largest transit systems in the world,” Cook said at the time.