Third-Party Browsers Starting to Support Apple Pay in iOS 16 Betas

Apple has added Apple Pay support to third-party browsers in recent betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

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The added support, spotted by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, marks a change from iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 and earlier, where in-browser ‌Apple Pay‌ is exclusively available in Safari. Moser found that ‌Apple Pay‌ is available in Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome as of iOS 16 developer beta 4, and other users have noticed ‌Apple Pay‌ support in Mozilla Firefox.

Moser noted that ‌Apple Pay‌ support continues to be unavailable on the macOS versions of Edge and Chrome, presumably since they do not use WebKit, Apple's browser engine that is mandatory for third-party browsers on iOS and iPadOS. This suggests that ‌Apple Pay‌ support is dependent on WebKit and this is the location of any changes Apple has made to expand support for ‌Apple Pay‌.

It is not clear when Apple made the change, as some users spotted ‌Apple Pay‌ support in third-party browsers as early as developer beta 2, while others only saw support added with developer beta 3.

While the change is a step forward for users of third-party browsers on iOS and iPadOS, it is difficult not to see the expanded support for ‌Apple Pay‌ in the context of Apple's growing antitrust issues, with Apple's browser engine ban and restrictions on third-party apps coming under increasing scrutiny around the world.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16

Top Rated Comments

exoticSpice Avatar
1 week ago

Its about damn time. Although I barely use 3rd party browsers on my iOS but what about on MacOS Ventura? Can we use Apple Pay on 3rd party browsers on MacOS Ventura?
Third party browsers need to updated independently to support Apple Pay APIs since they run on their own engine on macOS.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Maximara Avatar
1 week ago

So that means its on Google, FireFox, Microsoft to implement it?
Them or somebody who writes a valid extension (second option is a little iffy)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Smoovejayy Avatar
1 week ago
I hope it comes to Firefox. Firefox has made such great strides in the past couple years. I hate relying on Safari.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
1 week ago
This is a great change!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Havoc035 Avatar
1 week ago

So that means its on Google, FireFox, Microsoft to implement it?
But before that also for Apple to provide access. Which I have my doubts about on whether they would do so voluntarily.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
svish Avatar
1 week ago
Good. But want Apple Pay to expand to other countries too
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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