Apple Pay is one of the easiest and safest ways to buy something online, but there’s one problem: it only works with Safari. In iOS 16, that seems to be finally changing.
Macrumors contributor Steve Moser discovered that a recent iOS 16 beta showed checkout with an Apple Pay button on Apple.com and other sites that support the service. In iOS 15, shoppers only see the normal checkout button. The change will likely apply to all websites that support Apple Pay on Safari.
The change hasn’t arrived in the macOS Ventura beta. On the Mac, browsers are allowed to use engines other than WebKit, so supporting Apple Pay would require major changes. On the Mac, most third-party browsers use Google’s Chromium engine.
Some users on Reddit have also spotted support for Apple Pay in Firefox, so it looks like all browsers will have the option to add Apple Pay support on iOS and iPadOS in iOS 16. It’s unclear when Apple initiated the change or if it will happen. Implemented in final release.
Apple has faced increasing pressure from government and other regulatory bodies to ease restrictions on third-party apps and device interoperability. Apple’s Sign In with Apple service already works with other browsers on iPads, iPhones and Macs. See: Apple sued to block Apple Pay rivals on iPhone and Apple may be forced to support Google Pay and Samsung Pay.