Alibaba is now using Apple’s handy Touch ID function on newer iPhones to allow payments via the e-commerce giant’s Alipay system.
To make payments via Alipay, China’s largest online payments system akin to PayPal in the United States, users simply need to scan their fingerprint using the phone’s built in sensor. The feature comes with Alipay 8.4 but is only available on iPhone models that have Touch ID, which includes the iPhone 5S models or the newest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Alipay has assured consumers that all fingerprint information will be stored in the phone, and not uploaded and shared with third-parties.
Apple is also rumored to be working with Alipay on enabling Apple Pay in China.