Apple Pay might lastly be appropriate with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox in iOS 16. MacRumors contributor Steve Moser discovered that Apple Pay works with Edge and Chrome within the iOS 16 beta 4, and shared his findings on Twitter.
Moser’s screenshots present a “Proceed with Apple Pay” choice on Apple’s checkout web page when utilizing Edge. Apple Pay solely works in Safari on iOS 15 and older, stopping you from utilizing another browser if you wish to pay with Apple Pay when buying on the net.
On the newest iOS 16 beta Apple Pay works in Edge, Chrome and I assume any third social gathering browser. On iOS 15 Apple Pay solely works in Safari. pic.twitter.com/x7zV5xCuiC
— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) July 30, 2022
Though Moser doesn’t point out Firefox, different customers observed Apple Pay compatibility with the browser earlier than the discharge of iOS 16 beta 4. A submit on Reddit from earlier this month reveals an choice to pay with Apple Pay in iOS 16 beta 2 whereas utilizing Firefox. One other consumer on iOS 16 beta 3 says they’ve the choice to pay with Apple Pay on Firefox as nicely. We’re not sure of when Apple began increasing help for Apple Pay, and to which browsers. Apple didn’t instantly reply to The Verge’s request for remark.
Apple Pay nonetheless isn’t out there within the newest macOS beta, nevertheless. As Moser notes, that is probably as a result of Chrome, Edge, and Firefox all use Safari’s rendering engine, WebKit, on iOS resulting from Apple’s necessities. Third-party browsers are free to make use of their very own engines on macOS, so we would not see help for Apple Pay exterior of Safari on Macs anytime quickly.
However Apple’s change of coronary heart on iOS is perhaps associated to the European Union’s plans to crack down on massive tech’s anticompetitive practices. The Digital Markets Act is ready to go into impact in spring 2023, and imposes a algorithm on massive corporations, like Apple, Meta, and Google, to advertise competitors with smaller entities. A draft of the brand new laws obtained by The Register particularly goes after corporations that drive app builders to make use of their very own rendering engine. Whereas this modification might be a sign that Apple’s at the very least making an attempt to bend to the upcoming guidelines, the corporate isn’t more likely to go down with no battle — it incurred thousands and thousands in charges earlier than complying with the Netherlands’ guidelines on in-app cost methods in Dutch courting apps.