Apple’s recent iOS 16 beta 4 version suggests that the company may finally bring Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox compatibility to its Apple Pay service in the stable version of the OS. MacRumors contributor Steve Moser found that Apple Pay works with Edge and Chrome in iOS 16 beta 4, and shared his findings on Twitter.
The “Continue with Apple Pay” option on Apple’s checkout page read in the screenshot when using Edge. Apple Pay only works in Safari on iOS 15 and older, preventing you from using another browser if you want to pay with Apple Pay when you shop on the web.
Sharing the screenshots, he wrote, “Apple Pay on the latest iOS 16 beta works in Edge, Chrome and I believe any third party browser. Apple Pay on iOS 15 only works in Safari.”
Apple Pay on the latest iOS 16 beta works in Edge, Chrome and I assume a third party browser. Apple Pay only works in Safari on iOS 15. pic.twitter.com/x7zV5xCuiC
— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) 30 July 2022
In a follow-up tweet, he said, “It doesn’t work in Edge or Chrome on that latest macOS beta because I think it requires updating the third party render engine while the render engines of Edge and Chrome Safari on iOS make use of.”
Although Moser does not mention Firefox, other users noted Apple Pay compatibility with the browser prior to the release of iOS 16 beta 4, according to a report good by The Verge. A post on Reddit earlier this month shows an option to pay with Apple Pay in iOS 16 beta 2 using Firefox. Another user on iOS 16 beta 3 says they have the option to pay with Apple Pay on Firefox as well. We’re not sure when Apple began expanding support for Apple Pay and to which browsers.
Apple Pay still isn’t available in the latest macOS beta, according to Moser, which is because Chrome, Edge and Firefox all use WebKit, Safari’s rendering engine on iOS, due to Apple’s requirements. Third-party browsers are free to use their own engine on macOS, so we may not see support for Apple Pay outside of Safari on the Mac anytime soon, according to The Verge.
But Apple’s change of heart on iOS may be related to the EU’s plan to crack down on big tech’s anti-competitive practices. The Digital Markets Act is set to go into effect in the spring of 2023, and imposes a set of rules on large companies such as Apple, Meta and Google to promote competition with smaller entities.
A draft of the new law obtained by The Register goes specifically after companies that force app developers to use their own rendering engines. While this change may be a sign that Apple is at least making an effort to bow to upcoming regulations, the company is unlikely to go down without a fight – following the Netherlands’ rules on in-app payment systems. Before doing so, it took a fee of lakhs. in dutch dating apps.