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  • Philip Osadebay - Tech Journalist

Apple Pay to work on compatibility of iOS 16 in Firefox, Edge and Chrome

In iOS 16, Apple Pay might be compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge. Steve Moser, a contributor, discovered that Apple Pay functioned with Edge and Chrome on the iOS 16 beta 4, and tweeted about his discovery.

In Moser's screenshots, Apple's checkout page, when accessed using Edge, has a "Continue with Apple Pay" button. You cannot use any other browser to make online purchases with Apple Pay because it only functions in Safari on iOS 15 and older.

Apple Pay is functional in Edge, Chrome, and other third-party browsers on the most recent iOS 16 beta. Apple Pay is only compatible with Safari on iOS 15.

Moser doesn't mention Firefox, but before the public release of iOS 16 beta 4, other users discovered the browser to be Apple Pay compatible. Apple Pay is a payment method available in iOS 16 beta 2 when using Firefox, according to a Reddit post from earlier this month. Another person using iOS 16 beta 3 claims to be able to utilise Apple Pay on Firefox as well. We don't know when Apple started extending Apple Pay functionality to specific browsers or which ones. The Verge contacted Apple for comment, but they didn't get back to them immediately.

The most recent macOS beta still lacks Apple Pay, though. This is likely owing to Apple's requirements, as noted by Moser, that Chrome, Edge, and Firefox all use Safari's rendering engine, WebKit, on iOS. We might not soon see Apple Pay functionality outside of Safari on Macs since third-party browsers are free to utilise their engines under macOS.

However, Apple's reversal on iOS may be connected to the European Union's plans to tighten down on the anticompetitive behaviour of big companies. To encourage competition with smaller businesses, the Digital Markets Act, which is expected to take effect in the spring of 2023, puts a set of regulations on major corporations like Apple, Meta, and Google.

The proposed rule explicitly targets businesses that require app developers to use their rendering engine, according to a draft seen by The Register. Apple spent millions of dollars paying to comply with the Netherlands' limits on in-app payment systems in Dutch dating apps, so this shift may be seen as a sign that the business is at least attempting to bend to the new regulations.


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