Apple may finally be bringing MS Edge, Chrome, and Firefox compatibility to its Apple pay service in the stable version of the OS, according to the company's most recent iOS 16 beta 4 release.
The Verge reports that MacRumors contributor Steve Moser discovered that Apple Pay functions with Edge and Chrome in the iOS 16 beta 4 and tweeted about his discovery.
"Continue with Apple Pay" option on Apple's checkout page when using Edge, according to the screenshot.
You can only use Safari on iOS 15 and older to use Apple Pay, so you can't use any other browser.
According to Moser, Apple Pay is still unavailable in the most recent macOS beta. This is most likely because Chrome, Edge, and Firefox all use Safari's WebKit rendering engine on iOS.
The Verge claims that third-party browsers on macOS are free to use their own engines.
Therefore, it's possible that Apple Pay won't soon be supported on Macs outside of Safari.
However, Apple's change of heart regarding iOS may be connected to the European Union's plans to strictly enforce anti-competitive practises by big tech.
In order to encourage competition with smaller businesses, the Digital Markets Act, which is set to take effect in the spring of 2023, imposes a set of regulations on major corporations like Apple, Meta, and Google.
The new legislation specifically targets businesses that require app developers to use their own rendering engine, according to a draught obtained by The Register.