EXCLUSIVE: Is Apple Pay Cash Coming To Canada? [UPDATED: NO]

I’ve been doing testing of watchOS 5 so that I can write a detailed review of Apple’s OS for their insanely successful wearable devices. In the process of that I came across something interesting. I went to respond to a text message yesterday and found this which I promptly posted to Twitter:

There’s a Apple Pay icon that wasn’t present before. And an erase and reinstall of watchOS 5 does nothing to make it go away. Thus I have to assume that this is one of three things:

  1. This is a mistake by Apple where Apple screwed up and made this visible to Canadians. I say that because they have made this sort of mistake before. But whatever feature that they accidentally made visible disappears a few days later. That has not happened in this case (so far).
  2. This is by design. As in the button is present but not active unless turned on in that country.
  3. Apple Pay Cash is coming to Canada.

So far I have no indication of which of the three this is. But I am trying to dig to see if I can get some answers. For example, I tried to go to wallet on my iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 12 to see if I could activate Apple Pay Cash. But no luck there. Having said that, you can help me to figure out what is going on. If you have an Apple Watch running watchOS 5 and you are outside the US, can you tell me if you see something similar to the picture above by leaving a comment. I’d really appreciate it.

In the meantime, I live in hope that Apple Pay Cash is coming to Canada as this country is also still waiting for Apple News, and will likely be waiting for a while for the ECG function that is part of the Apple Watch Series 4. While I understand that it can take time for stuff to appear in Canada, it often takes an absurdly long time for features to appear here from an Apple perspective.

UPDATE: I have just updated my Apple Watch Series 4 to watchOS 5.1.2 and discovered this:

So I guess the answer is #1 which was that this was a mistake that Apple has now fixed. This will be disappointing to Canadians for sure.


3 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Is Apple Pay Cash Coming To Canada? [UPDATED: NO]”

  1. I have the Apple Pay Cash option in Messaged yet can’t set up. Hoping it comes to Canada soon

  2. […] gotten a lot of questions about Apple Pay Cash coming to Canada in the near future because of this story that I posted recently. Thus I thought that a follow up would be in order laying out all the […]

  3. I’m in Canada & I’ve got a iPhone 7Plus & a Series 2 Apple Watch. I had ApplePay Cash on my iPhone since about May this year & it finally went away with iOS 12 but it’s also been on my Watch about the same time & that’s never gone away. Apple has no explanation & can’t get it off my Watch.

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