Apple announced during yesterday’s earnings call with Wall Street analysts and investors that its contactless mobile payments system is coming to customers in the United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Finland and Sweden before the end of this calendar year.

No further information was provided.

The system could also launch in Belgium, South Korea, Germany and Ukraine, rumor has it.

Apple’s CFO Luca Maestri shared interesting Apple Pay stats on the earnings call:

Apple Pay is by far the number one NFC payment service on mobile devices, with nearly 90 percent of all transactions globally. Momentum is strongest in international markets, where the infrastructure for mobile payments has developed faster than in the US. In fact, three out of four Apple Pay transactions happen outside of the US.

The service is currently available in the US, UK, China, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Taiwan and Ireland.

When iOS 11 launches this fall, customers will be able to send money with Apple Pay to friends and family with support for Apple Pay-powered peer-to-peer payments in the Messages app.

  • Michal

    Of course ist it number one. Because Android OS does not lock out banks from writing their own apps that simulate cards that these banks have issued. That’s why other platforms based on Android like Android Pay or Samsung Pay can’t lift off being canibalised by banks inhouse apps. Apple is reluctant to let others use the NFC chip inside iOS. Even the iOS XI will not allow that on all devices (iP6(+) are opted out). That’s what Australian banks were trying to reach with the boycot of Apple Pay.

  • Andrieux Querido

    Cmon Apple, don’t Forget Brazil.

    • Luiz Claudio Eudes CorrĂȘa

      We already have 90% of POS compatible with NFC payments, just need to enable Apple Pay, I know your banks make everything difficult but please don’t forget us.

      I don’t want to have a Samsung phone to use NFC payment.

      • Achwaq Khalid

        Why wait for Apple or Android when Leupay Wallet can work worldwide

  • The Fluffy Alpaca

    Sweden, Denmark and Finland… What about Norway?! Why not include the whole of Scandinavia/Nordics when you’re at it Apple?