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Apple Pay's Biggest Frustration Could Be Fixed In iOS 16
By RAHUL SRINIVAS
The lack of Apple Pay support on browsers other than Safari has been bothering Apple Pay users for a while now, but it seems Apple has finally decided to address this annoying issue — albeit in a limited manner. Apple could open up Apple Pay support for a select group of third-party browsers when the stable versions of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 drop later this year.
In fact, Apple Beta testers have confirmed they could use Apple Pay on iOS 16 Beta and iPadOS Beta with third-party browsers, including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox. Interestingly, this feature has only been enabled on the iPhone and tablet versions of these browsers running either iOS 16 Beta or iPadOS 16 Beta.
Notably, Apple Pay support continues to elude MacOS versions of these same third-party browsers because the third-party browsers use a different rendering engine from Safari. Given the competition from contactless cards for in-store transactions, it is rather strange to see Apple restricting the use of Apple Pay on online platforms.