Apple Pay will now be accepted on select websites.
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By Kerry Close
June 13, 2016

Good news for iPhone users: You’ll now be able to use Apple Pay on your desktop or laptop.

At its annual developer conference WWDC, Apple announced that its mobile payment and digital wallet service can now be used to make purchases from select websites using the Safari browser. It’s a big step forward for fans of mobile payment: It eliminates the need for customers to download a store’s app, making the payment service more accessible.

Here’s how it works: If you find something you want to buy while browsing the web on your desktop, you’ll click a “Pay With Apple Pay” button. You’ll then receive a notification on your iPhone or Apple Watch. It will prompt you to put your fingerprint on the TouchID scanner to authenticate your purchase.

Apple says it already has online retailers signed on to use the online service, though it did not specify which ones. The service is likely geared to allow customers to bypass competitor Paypal as a service to handle customers’ cash.

Still, the service–and mobile payments in general—have struggled to gain traction. In a survey from 2015, 64% of respondents said they would “never” or “hardly ever” use a cell phone to make purchases. However, that number has increased since Apple Pay launched. It’s also outpaced its competitors, like Walmart’s CurrentC, in the mobile payments space.

Apple Pay is currently available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and Singapore. It will soon expand to Switzerland, France and Hong Kong.

At Monday’s conference, the company also announced other cool innovations, like the Home for iOS 10 devices. The Home will serve as a single destination to control smart home products. In the past, users have had to rely on third-party apps that didn’t have the same feature sets or support all smart devices.

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