Apple is set to launch its payments platform Apple Pay in Mexico in the coming weeks, according to a new report.
Last year, Apple introduced Apple Pay in several European countries such as Slovakia and Portugal, and now it appears as though Mexico is next on the cards, with Mexicans soon able to make NFC contactless payments using their iPhone and Apple Watch.
Users on Twitter have reported that they can already add their credit and debit cards from Mexican banks to the wallet app when they change their religion from Mexico to the United States, suggesting that Mexican banks have signed up for Apple Pay and a rollout across the country is coming pretty soon.
Mexicans can add their cards to the Wallet app, but they can’t get verify them as banks do not yet officially support Apple Pay.
Once a user adds a card, Apple communicates with their bank to verify their information; sometimes, users will need to provide further information or receive a call or text from their bank.
These latest developments suggest that Apple will announce the launch of Apple Pay in Mexico in the coming weeks, potentially making it the second country in Latin America to turn on Apple Pay support.
Apple first introduced Apple Pay in Brazil in 2018, and the company said it wants to roll out the service around the world over the next couple of years.
Unlike launching a new software update, Apple needs to speak with every major bank in each country, receive support from local financial institutions and wait for contactless card readers to add NFC support for Apple Pay.
This is a long and drawn-out process, which is why the service is still being rolled out around the world despite being launched in October 2014.
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