Apple Pay is 'Coming Soon' in Saudi Arabia

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    Apple today announced that Apple Pay is "coming soon" in Saudi Arabia, without providing a more specific timeframe.

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    The Saudi Payments Network (MADA), a major payment system in Saudi Arabia, also confirmed that it will soon introduce support for Apple Pay.


    Saudi Arabia would become at least the 30th region where Apple Pay is officially available. Apple Pay is also set to launch in Germany later this year, as Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed on the company's earnings call in late July.

    Apple Pay first launched in the United States in October 2014, and has since expanded to many other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, Switzerland, France, Japan, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Ireland, and Ukraine.

    (Thanks, Abdullah and Ahmad!)

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  2. barkomatic macrumors 601

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    Isn't FaceTime still banned there? Small steps I guess.
     
  3. ivan_ua macrumors newbie

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    Reading this web-site almost from the days of creating and this is the first time i've decided to write here. Please, there is no need in THE in front of Ukraine.
     
  4. madKIR macrumors 6502a

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    and that linguistic change occurred almost 20 years ago lol
    No surprises there though, as some Americans still say Russia when they talk about Kiev and Chernobyl. My co-worker does it all the time. No matter how many times I correct her, she keeps saying this nonsense, "oh my sister and her family went to Russia, they were in Kiev". You should see my eyes rolling like 10 times LOL
     
  5. weckart macrumors 601

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    Ukraine, not 'the' Ukraine. It's only been 27-odd years since Ukraine left the Soviet Union.
     
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    I took out the. I was unaware of the history behind its usage. Now I know! Thanks
     
  7. cmaus macrumors member

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    In German, the Ukraine has an article.
     
  8. chfilm macrumors 68000

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    In Germany we also still don’t have Apple Pay........ just saying :mad:
     
  9. hussain918 macrumors newbie

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    The ban was lifted a few months ago.
     
  10. tmiw macrumors 68020

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    I've never been. How's NFC support at terminals there? Were terminals just recently upgraded?
     
  11. madKIR macrumors 6502a

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    That is a linguistic change that happened when Ukraine became a separate country after the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, many people still use the definite article in both English and German. It's more of a habit, but it's no longer correct.
     
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    Just FYI, AFAIK you mix up the Burka with the Niqāb, the latter is common in S.A., the former one is worn in some parts of Pakistan and in Afganistan amongst a few others, the Niqāb (Mostly black colour) covers the face while the Burka covers everything, even the eyes, there's a mesh cloth in front of the eyes.
    I know it's worn in the North of Pakistan, been there.

    There are still lots of TouchId iPhones, for sale as well so I guess most women (Covered faces) prefer that one instead of the X iPhones.
     
  14. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

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    Whoa, I hadn't even thought about this ramification of FaceID.
     
  15. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816

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    Ahh - yes - that's what I was thinking of.
     
  16. weckart macrumors 601

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    The use of the definite article in German is more random and historic. Switzerland gets one, for example, as does Slovakia, which they never had in English. It doesn't mean much in itself in German. On the other hand the definite article does have a specific purpose in English geographic descriptions, including names of countries, which is why still referring to, say, Argentina as the Argentine may cause offence.
     
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    Ive been living here over a month now and use FaceTime almost everyday...so I’d say no, but can’t confirm
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    Everywhere I have been uses these terminals...I’d say this update will roll it out to pretty much every business in Riyadh.
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  18. foobarbaz macrumors 6502a

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    That might be the case for English, but not for German.
    In German all country names that have male or female gender generally are used with an article. There was no linguistic change, and even the Ukranian embassy uses it that way.
     
  19. madKIR macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, that’s correct. I studied German and somehow totally forgot that the article there has a different function. It also stands for gender, so I stand corrected.
     
  20. SBlue1, Oct 8, 2018
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    In German, all words have articles.
     
  21. hussain918 macrumors newbie

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    All terminals and cards support Contactless payments. They also released an app called "madapay" on Android, which is an apple-pay equivalent for Android.
     
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    Eh? No! Countries generally don’t! Only some, like the Ukraine, the Irak, the Iran, the Mongolei, the Schweiz, The Türkei, etc. ...
     
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    Why some and not others?
     

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