As reported by 9to5Mac, digging deep into the internal code found,appleHas been working on a new system to integrate virtual cards in the Safari browser to increase security when shopping online.
Virtual cards are offered by some banks and card providers as an option to generate an alternate number for your credit or debit card. This way, if your card data is compromised, you can simply cancel the virtual card number without having to apply to the bank for a new card. Some banks also offer the option to generate a single-use card number.
With code seen in the latest iOS 16 beta, Safari will finally provide support for virtual card numbers. Of course, Apple Pay already provides a security number for every transaction, but this new feature works on sites that don’t accept Apple Pay.
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● Make this card available in Safari AutoFill and hide your real card number when shopping online.
● Use like your regular card. It now works in Safari AutoFill and hides your real card information when shopping online.
● For added security, websites will now use virtual card numbers, available in Safari AutoFill.
At this point, it’s unclear if the feature will be available to everyone, or if it will require adoption by banks and card providers. The feature appears to be similar to what Google rolled out in Android 13.
Safari currently offers an autofill option for credit and debit cards when shopping online on sites that don’t support Apple Pay. With this feature, you can save your credit card number so you don’t have to enter it every time you make a purchase.