Apple Pay could finally be compatible with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in iOS 16. MacRumors contributor Steve Moser found that Apple Pay works with Edge and Chrome in the iOS 16 beta 4, and shared his findings on Twitter.
Moser’s screenshots show a “Continue with Apple Pay” option on Apple’s checkout page when using Edge. Apple Pay only works in Safari on iOS 15 and older, so you can’t use another browser if you want to pay with Apple Pay when shopping on the web.
On the latest iOS 16 beta, Apple Pay works in Edge, Chrome and I assume any third-party browser. On iOS 15, Apple Pay only works in Safari. pic.twitter.com/x7zV5xCuiC
— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) July 30, 2022
Although Moser doesn’t mention Firefox, other users noticed that Apple Pay is compatible with the browser before the release of iOS 16 beta 4. A post on reddit from earlier this month shows an option to pay with Apple Pay in iOS 16 beta 2 while using Firefox. Another user on iOS 16 beta 3 says they also have the option to pay with Apple Pay in Firefox. We’re not sure when Apple started extending support for Apple Pay and to which browsers. Apple did not immediately respond The edge‘s request for comment.
However, Apple Pay is still not available in the latest macOS beta. As Moser points out, this is probably because Chrome, Edge, and Firefox all use Safari’s rendering engine, WebKit, on iOS due to Apple’s requirements. Third-party browsers are free to use their own engines on macOS, so we may not see support for Apple Pay outside of Safari on Macs anytime soon.
But Apple’s change to iOS may be related to the European Union’s plans to tackle the anticompetitive practices of major tech. The Digital Markets Act will come into effect in the spring of 2023 and imposes a series of rules on large companies, such as Apple, Meta and Google, to promote competition with smaller entities. A concept of the new legislation obtained by The register specifically goes after companies forcing app developers to use their own rendering engine. While this change may be an indication that Apple is at least trying to abide by the upcoming rules, the company is not likely to go down without a fight – it racked up millions in fees before it complied with Dutch import regulations. app payment systems in Dutch dating apps.