iOS 16 might bring Apple Pay support to more browsers like Firefox and Chrome


The calendar has flipped to August, which means we’re just a month out from the reveal of Apple’s next iPhone. Apple will also launch iOS 16 alongside the iPhone 14 in September, but you can try out the new software in beta right now. Every beta release has added a bunch of new features, and some of those features are not immediately evident. For example, iOS 16 might make more mobile browsers compatible with Apple Pay.

iOS 16 expands Apple Pay browser support

Last Friday, MacRumors contributor Steve Moser pointed out on Twitter that Apple Pay works in Edge and Chrome on iOS 16 beta 4. Presumably, this means that it may work on any third-party browser. As he notes, Apple Pay only works in Safari on iOS 15. This is an addition that Apple did not talk about during its WWDC 2022 keynote in June.

It’s possible that this addition has been around since an earlier beta as well. The Verge notes that a user on Reddit was able to make a purchase with Apple Pay in Firefox after the release of iOS 16 beta 2. It’s unclear how long the added support has been around, but it sounds like the company began testing the addition prior to the release of iOS 16 beta 4.

These changes do not apply to the latest macOS beta. Apple requires third-party browsers to use the same rendering engine as Safari on iOS, but that isn’t the case on macOS. Therefore, rendering engines for those browsers would need to be updated to support Apple Pay. That is something the team behind the browser would need to do.

Other changes in iOS 16 beta 4

Extending support for Apple Pay to third-party browsers is only one of the highlights of iOS 16 beta 4. Apple also addressed concerns about the new editing and unsending features in Messages. In the latest beta, you have two minutes to “Undo Send” instead of 15.

Additionally, if you do edit a message, the app will show an edit history that will reveal your original message and any changes you made along the way.

More iPhone coverage: For more iPhone news, visit our iPhone 14 guide.

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