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Apple Pay still hasn't officially launched, but based on recent reports we're expecting the new service to make its debut later this month as part of the rumored iOS 8.1 update. To prepare for that launch, Apple is trademarking its new Passbook icon that includes a clear reference to the mobile payments platform.

The trademark was published earlier today and spotted by Patently Apple soon afterward. It was actually filed late last month though and it covers the new icon that appears in iOS 8. The design itself doesn't change much, simply adding a fourth colored line to the icon along with a small picture of a credit card. It's possible Apple has decided to Trademark this so it can be used on point-of-sale machines alerting consumers to support for Apple Pay.

Once Apple Pay does launch, you'll be able to use your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to pay at some stores using Touch ID and an NFC-enabled point-of-sale machine. You'll also be able to pay for online orders with the service. Your actual credit and debit card information will be stored inside Passbook, using the phone's camera to upload each card's info, and we learned recently that iOS 8.1 will allow you to use Siri to call up specific credit cards.

We're curious to see how Apple Pay actually works out in the wild, though it looks like it will be a few more weeks before it finally launches. A recent rumor suggests Apple will rollout iOS 8.1 with support for Apple Pay on Oct. 20.