Apple Pay is finally compatible with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox on iOS 16 . MacRumors writer Steve Moser found that Apple Pay works with Edge and Chrome in 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 and prevents you from using any other browser if you want to pay with Apple Pay while shopping on the web.
While Moser doesn’t mention Firefox, other users noticed Apple Pay compatibility with the browser prior to the release of iOS 16 beta 4. A post on Reddit earlier this month showed the option to pay with Apple Pay in iOS 16 beta 2 while using Firefox. Another user on OS 16 beta 3 says they have the option to pay with Apple Pay in Firefox as well.
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
Apple Wants Apple Pay to Work Stable In All Browsers
It is currently unknown when and to which browsers Apple will expand Apple Pay support. However, Apple Pay is still not available in the latest macOS beta. As Moser points out, this is likely because Chrome, Edge, and Firefox use WebKit , Safari’s engine on iOS, due to Apple’s requirements. Third-party browsers are free to use their own engines on macOS, so we may not see Apple Pay support on Macs outside of Safari anytime soon.
But Apple’s change of mind on iOS may be related to the European Union’s plans to block anticompetitive applications of big tech . The Digital Markets Act will come into effect in the spring of 2023 and introduces a set of rules to large companies like Apple, Meta and Google to encourage competition with smaller entities. The new draft legislation, obtained by The Register, is especially on the back of companies that are forcing app developers to use their own engines.