Even though Apple and Google would love to enforce their own set of rules when it comes to using their apps and services in other countries, sometimes certain concessions have to be made in order to get your foot in the door. You have to be diplomatic after all.
In China Apple is indeed making some concessions. They have started to allow users in China to use WeChat Pay as a method of payment for purchases in the App Store and also for Apple Music subscription. So users in China who don’t want to use Apple Pay will now have an alternative payment method. Apple would prefer not to, but you do what you must.
In a statement made to China Money Network, Apple says, “We are glad to offer users in mainland China the option of WeChat Pay for their favorite mobile app or Apple Music products. We continue to be dedicated to providing multiple simple and convenient payment methods for customers within the Apple ecosystem.”
WeChat is a popular messaging app used in China and parts of Asia. The app allows users to do all kinds of things like book doctor appointments, purchase real estate, request spiritual services, personal loans, and more. So you can see why Apple conceded to allowing WeChat Pay to be used as an alternative, Apple is hoping to encourage more Chinese users onto its own platform.