Users of Alipay, China’s top mobile payment solution provider, can now make purchases by scanning their faces with the bezel-free iPhone X.

Alipay announced on November 28 that iPhone X’s Face ID has become available on its latest version. The payment giant’s arch-rival WeChat Pay already started implementing Face ID into its payment system shortly after iPhone X’s China release last month. The most common payment authentification methods have been passwords and fingerprints.

The much anticipated face recognition payment technology, however, has not saved Apple from its tanking sales in China. iPhone is losing its charm as a symbol of status amongst the Chinese middle class as Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and Xiaomi are making quality phones at more affordable price tags.

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Rita Liao

Telling the uncommon China stories through tech. I can be reached at ritacyliao [at] gmail [dot] com.