Apple added Apple Pay support to third-party browsers in the recent iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 betas.

The additional support discovered by MacRumors Contributor Steve Moser, marks a change from iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 and earlier where Apple Pay in the browser is only available in Safari. Moser noted that Apple Pay is available in Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome starting with iOS 16 Developer Beta 4, and other users noted Apple Pay support in Mozilla Firefox.

Moser noted that Apple Pay support remains unavailable on macOS versions of Edge and Chrome, presumably because they don’t use WebKit, Apple’s browser engine, which is mandatory for third-party browsers on iOS and iPadOS. This suggests that Apple Pay support is dependent on WebKit and that this is the location for any changes Apple has made to extend Apple Pay support.

It’s not clear when Apple made the change, as some users discovered Apple Pay support in third-party browsers as early as developer beta 2, while others didn’t see support until developer beta 3.

While the change is a step forward for third-party browser users on iOS and iPadOS, it’s difficult not to place the expanded support for “Apple Pay” in the context of Apple’s growing antitrust woes, with Apple’s browser engine being banned and Third Party Restrictions. Party apps are coming under increasing scrutiny around the world.

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