There’s been a lot of supposition over Apple plans to introduce Apple Pay in China, yet currently it appears that the mobile repayment solution could lastly land in the nation early next year. That’s baseding on resources pointed out by a brand-new Dow Jones report which asserts Apple means to have it obey February 2016.

The launch has been a lengthy time coming. Apple has been eager on extending the service right into China, where revenue hopped 99 percent year-on-year to get to $12.51 billion in its latest quarter, for some while.

“We extremely much want to obtain Apple Pay in China,” CEO Tim Chef told state information firm Xinhua back in Could of this year. Apple is comprehended to have actually remained in talks with Alibaba, the shopping giant behind China’s preferred Alipay solution, over a collaboration, but there’s still no update some six months after the Xinhua interview.

Under the surface area, however, there are indicators that Apple is moving points forward.

The UNITED STATE company took a relatively major step to Apple Pay’s China launch when it registered a company in the Shanghai free-trade zone in September, while a previous Alibaba general manager was put in cost of Apple Pay’s China operations quickly after, and also Apple has actually been working with for various other locations within that team.

But simply introducing Apple Pay in China, where Apple’s company is booming, isn’t really a warranty of success. The abovementioned Alipay and also Tencent’s WePay, the repayments service connected to the widely prominent WeChat solution, are the frontrunners in China’s mobile payments race.