The mobile payments wing of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has enabled access to Apple’s biometric-based TouchID for transactions in the latest iteration of its Wallet app.
Alipay says users of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be able to activate their fingerprint payment function after upgrading version of Alipay Wallet app to version 8.4.
"Compared with traditional codes, fingerprints are one of a kind and are not easy to copy. It also effectively improves the security of transactions and reduces the risk of password leaks," the company said in a statement.
Alipay has more than 300 million users, mostly in mainland China.
Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at a possible “marriage” between Apple and Alibaba, with commenters saying that a partnership between the two may fast-track the growth of both Apple Pay and Alibaba’s mobile payment solutions.