Apple Pay reportedly expanding to mobile websites later this year

Apple Pay is reportedly gearing up to make a big expansion to mobile websites. According to Re/Code, Apple has started informing potential partners that Apple Pay will expand outside of mobile apps to support making payments on mobile websites via Safari later this year:

The service will be available to shoppers using the Safari browser on models of iPhones and iPads that possess Apple's TouchID fingerprint technology, these people said. Apple has also considered making the service available on Apple laptops and desktops, too, though it's not clear if the company will launch that capability.

The report goes on to mention that Apple expects the expansion to occur before the holiday shopping season, and an announcement could come as soon as WWDC, which usually occurs in June.

Apple Pay on mobile websites represents not only a potentially lucrative expansion for Apple, but also a boon for users who would be able to quickly complete purchases anywhere it's supported with one tap. The possibility of enabling the service via Safari on Mac is interesting as well, though the form that implementation would take isn't entirely clear.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster