AWT News Update: February 15, 2016

Image via  NBC's   Keith Feldman

Image via NBC's Keith Feldman

It's a slow news day, with just a pair of little news bits coming your way in this 2-minute podcast:

  • Apple Pay is launching in China this week, but guess what European country may be next for the contactless pay system?
  • One of Apple's largest retail stores was closed today due to a power outage

The text of the podcast can be found below.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for February 15, 2016.

Apple Pay will be launching in China this week on February 18 at 5 AM local time. This information came from the official Wehat account of China Guangfa Bank and was spotted by Tech in Asia. Those Guangfa credit cards are associated with China UnionPay, which is Apple’s official Apple Pay partner in the country. Either iOS 9.2 or watchOS 2.1 will be required for Apple Pay in China. The contactless pay method is also expected to be announced for France soon, with many expecting that announcement to come during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June. France apparently has many banks and card issuers ready to go, in contrast to places like Australia and Canada which only allow purchases through American Express cards.

The Apple Store at Grand Central Terminal in New York City is one of the most heavily visited Apple Stores in the world. Unfortunately, the store has been closed most of the day today thanks to a power outage caused by a broken water pipe and leak that hit a transformer. The outage started at about 9:30 AM Eastern Time, and although power was restored to the main lobby at around 11 AM, all stores in Grand Central Terminal were still closed as of about 1:40 PM.

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