Apple Pay to Work With Mobile Websites Later This Year

Apple is planning to expand Apple Pay to allow iOS users to make purchases from websites later this year, reports Re/code. With the change, Apple Pay will be available to customers who visit websites and make purchases using the Safari browser on iPads and iPhones.

Currently, Apple Pay can be used to make purchases in brick and mortar stores and in third-party apps that support the service. Expanding Apple Pay to the Safari browser will alleviate the need for customers to download a store's app to make a payment with Apple Pay, resulting in a payment service that is more convenient and more closely resembles services like PayPal.

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Apple is also said to be considering making Apple Pay available on Macs, but it is not clear how that would work without a fingerprint sensor.

The service will be available to shoppers using the Safari browser on models of iPhones and iPads that possess Apple's TouchID fingerprint technology, these people said. Apple has also considered making the service available on Apple laptops and desktops, too, though it's not clear if the company will launch that capability.

As when using Apple Pay to make a payment in an app, customers who make a purchase from mobile Safari will be able to do so without entering an address or a payment method, as that information is provided by Apple Pay and authenticated through a fingerprint.

Apple is said to be telling partner websites that the new Apple Pay feature will be available before the holiday shopping season, and Re/code believes an announcement could potentially happen at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

Apple Pay is now available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and China, and it is expanding to additional countries later this year. Other rumors for the future of Apple Pay include a potential person-to-person payment feature that mimics Square Cash or Venmo.

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60 months ago
I wonder how long it will be before we have a MacBook/iMac with fingerprint sensors and Apple Pay then if this is coming out, thats the next logical step.
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60 months ago
Awesome! Now make it work at more stores...
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60 months ago
You don't need a fingerprint sensor on the Mac, you have the Mac connect to your iPhone/iPad and get the confirmation that way. It's just an extension of what you have now with the integration between your iPhone, iPad and Mac that allows phone calls to be picked up on whichever you choose when you receive one. There will have to be some work to make sure it's a rock solid secure transaction, but the pieces are there, and it will work with all of the Macs and not just the laptops.
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60 months ago

Awesome! Now make it work at more stores...

How about get more banks outside the "great" USA on board!
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60 months ago

I wonder how long it will be before we have a MacBook/iMac with fingerprint sensors and Apple Pay then if this is coming out, thats the next logical step.

Maybe thats the delay with new macbooks - they're prototyping where on the keyboard to put the TouchID button...
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60 months ago
No way its "available in Canada". Making it available to American Express Card holders, which no one has in Canada, doesn't make it available here.
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