Chinese ride-summoning giant Didi has recently reached a partnership with Apple to allow iPhone users to make payment with Apple Pay for all of its ride-hailing services from Didi Premier, Didi Express, Didi Luxe, as well as ofo, the bike rental service that’s been embedded in Didi’s main app since April.

In addition, the firm is also adding English service for Didi Luxe to provide high-end limousine services through its ride-hailing platform. After launching the original Chinese version several months ago, Didi Luxe is now available in both Chinese and English. The service is currently only operating in Beijing, but it will arrive in Shanghai in the coming months. It will extend to other cities throughout 2017 and 2018, Cai Jingyan, Didi’s senior manager for product communications told TechNode.

This is one of the few cooperations that has been announced since Apple’s billion-dollar investment in Didi was publicized in 2016. Although we have been expecting the news for quite some time—media has predicted the Apple Pay integration upon Apple’s investment announcement one year ago—it may still be translated as a signal for further cooperation between the two big names.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.