Apple adds Apple Pay support for Catalyst apps on macOS Big Sur

How to set up and manage Apple Pay on the Mac
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What you need to know

  • Apple is adding Apple Pay support for Catalyst apps on the Mac.
  • The latest macOS Big Sur beta brings the feature to developers.
  • If enabled, users will be able to use Apple Pay to make a purchase within a Catalyst app.

While Apple highlighted the main new features of macOS Big Sur during its keynote speech at WWDC, it continues to add additional features to the latest version of macOS as it releases new beta updates to developers.

Reported by 9to5Mac, Apple has added Apple Pay support to Catalyst apps in the latest macOS Big Sur beta. Apple says that implementing the feature into a Catalyst app will not take much work.

The addition of the Apple Pay API for Catalyst apps was mentioned in the release notes of iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur developer beta 2. According to Apple, developers won't have to make big changes to get Apple Pay working in Catalyst apps.

According to the release notes, Apple says that developers can use one of two methods to implement the feature into their own Catalyst apps.

"Apple Pay support is now available to Mac Catalyst apps. Two methods have been added to existing delegate protocols. No changes are required for iPad apps, but one or both of these method must be implemented when building for Catalyst."

By adding support for Catalyst apps, Apple continues to encourage the adoption of its Apple Pay service across all of its products. Currently, Macs with Touch ID are able to make purchases using Apple Pay through Safari and non-Catalyst apps.

With the company moving to Apple Silicon, Apple is looking to ensure that the payment experience across the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac remains consistent.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.