Brace yourself PayPal: Apple Pay will expand to the web on Monday, bringing its brand of mobile payments to select retail partners’ websites at WWDC 2016, Digital Trends has learned.
In other words, you’ll soon be able to pay for anything online with the touch of a finger.
It’s the dream that Apple Pay started with the introduction of tap-to-pay and in-app purchases via the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on iPhones back in 2014. Six countries and 2 million locations later, Apple Pay is preparing to conquer the next frontier of payments: the web.
Based on our source’s information, it’s unclear whether you will be able to use Apple Pay on the web from a device that does not have a fingerprint sensor, such as a MacBook or a PC. It’s also unknown whether a specific browser will be required to make purchases with Apple Pay online.
As it currently stands, Apple Pay works only on select iPhones and iPads, including the iPhone 6/6S, iPhone 6/6S Plus, iPhone SE, both iPad Pro models, and the most recent iPad Mini, as well as the Apple Watch, because the mobile payment system verifies your purchases with your fingerprint (or in the case of the Apple Watch, your heartbeat). It’s unclear whether Apple Pay for the web will require a fingerprint sensor for verification, or if a password may be used instead.
Recent rumors also hint that Apple will release a new MacBook at WWDC with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. If the new MacBook does indeed offer Touch ID, it stands to reason that it would support Apple Pay on the web.
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