iOS 16.4 Adds Order Tracking Widget, Lets You Share Order Information
The iOS 16.4 update that was released today fleshes out the built-in order tracking function that's available in the Wallet app for purchases made using Apple Pay.
There's now a dedicated Home Screen widget for tracking orders placed with Apple Pay, and an updated Apple support document clarifies that it is also possible to share order tracking options with others using the Share button.
Orders can be sent using Messages, email, and other apps, allowing you to share tracking with friends and family.
Apple added Apple Pay order tracking to the Wallet app with iOS 16, but it is limited to participating merchants.
iOS 16.4 is available as of today on all devices capable of running iOS 16.
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First of all, Apple is offering order tracking which is really different from package tracking. Generally, when tracking an order you move between ordered/preparing for dispatch/on the way/delivered statuses with no additional info (such as where you delivery currently is).
Tracking orders in Wallet depends on Shopify and some other merchant platforms. Technically when you place an online order in a store that is running Shopify, tracking should work automatically with Wallet.
My personal impression is that Shopify is using this partnership to get more people to use their own app. I have seen orders where instead of sharing actual tracking info (e.g. carrier name, tracking number) which Apple Wallet specs support, they just provide a link to their own app for tracking.
Again, I am probably biased and sharing only personal impressions but at this moment it looks like they (Shopify) don't have enough motivation to improve order tracking in Wallet.
I would think the developer is maybe feeling a bit Sherlocky today…