China’s major ride hailing service has announced support for Apple Pay.
Called Didi, it’s quite literally China’s version of Uber – as TechCrunch notes, the company acquired Uber China last year, though Didi itself was founded back in 2012. Didi now claims it has about 400 million users in the country, and that it facilitates 20 million rides each day.
Now, some of those rides will be paid for with Apple Pay – though probably not many. This summer, MacRumors reported that between Q1 of 2016 and Q1 of 2017, Apple’s marketshare in the country dropped from 12.7 percent to 9.2 percent; more recently, The Financial Times asserted that Apple Pay had less than one percent marketshare in August.
It seems that while Apple Pay performed better in China at its launch than many analysts had expected, already-dominant domestic interests like Alipay have ultimately prevailed. And indeed, Didi also accepts payments via Alipay, WeChat Pay, QQ Wallet, and CMB OneNet Service, in addition to Apple Pay.