Apple Pay’s Biggest Frustration Might Be Fixed in iOS 16. One major annoyance that is associated with making use of third-party browsers on devices that are running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 is that they lack the support for Apple Pay.
People that want to make in-browser online payments on e-commerce platforms have no other option but to make use of Apple’s Safari browser if Apple Pay is their Payment option of choice.
Apple Pay’s Biggest Frustration Might Be Fixed in iOS 16
This lack of Apple Pays support on browsers aside from Safari has been bothering a lot of Apple Pay users for quite a while. However, it looks like Apple has finally decided to address this very annoying issue – albeit in a limited manner.
As stated in recent MacRumors Reports, Apple actually could open up Apple Pay Support for a select bunch of Third-party Browsers when the stable version of iOS 16 and the iPadOS 16 dropping later in the year. As a matter of fact, for several users of iOS 16 beta and iPadOS Beta, this feature has already gone live. While the fact that Apple had begun supporting third-party browsers was a topic of discussion on several Apple-centric Reddit groups for over a month, a recent tweet by Steve Mosser of MacRumors brought about the topic into focus once again.
What Browsers are Currently Supported?
On the 30th of July, Mosser tweeted a screenshot that shows how he could make use of Apple Pay using the third-party browser on a device that is running the latest version of the iOS 16 Beta and iPadOS Beta with third-party browsers which include Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox. Interestingly, the features have only been enabled on the iPhone and tablet versions of these browsers on devices that are running on either iOS 16 Beta or iPadOS 16 Beta.
Apple Pay Support on macOS
Notably, Apple Pay support continues to elude MacOS versions of these same third-party browsers. According to Mosser, the primary reason for Apple Pay not working on the MacOS version of third-party browsers is that on macOS, these browsers make use of different rendering engines from that of Safari. Given that mobile wallet like Apple Pay and Google Pay Face tons of competition from contactless cards for in-store transactions, it is rather very strange to see Apple restrict the use of Apple Pay on online platforms.
Notably, the arrival of other third-party browser support on the beta versions of the iOS 16 and the iPad 16 doesn’t necessarily mean that the features would eventually make it to the stable versions of these platforms later in the year. However, we get to hope that before the end of the year 2022, Apple would pay to become browser-agnostic across all platforms.