The bike rental war between Mobike and its rival ofo is still ongoing in China, with no end in sight. The pair has been waging an all-out war in terms of bike quantity and technology on and beyond their home turf. Now they set their sight on user experience.

Mobike announced yesterday that it has teamed up with Apple to allow iPhone users to make payment with Apple Pay and unlock Mobike bicycles by scanning QR codes from their iOS 11 iPhone camera, as part of its efforts to enhance user experience and stay ahead of its nimble rivals.

This is the third payment mode accepted by the Chinese bike rental firm after Alipay and WeChat Pay. After upgrading the Mobike app on their mobile phones to the latest iOS 5.0 version, domestic users can make deposits and top up their Mobike accounts with Apply Pay in-app.

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Sheila Yu

Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.