Recently, Apple revealed the iOS 14 Developer Beta 2 with a few changes across the system, and 9to5Mac spotted a hidden QR Code scanning feature in the Wallet app that might be used to make payments using Apple Pay.
References found in the iOS code reveal that Apple is working on a new payment method that will let users scan products’ barcodes and QR Codes with their iPhone’s cameras. Users can then use the scanned codes to make payments for products using the Apple Pay credit cards registered in the Wallet app.
According to the report, the feature does not work yet but a relevant image was found in the code, which displays its basic functionality. Users will have to point their camera at a QR code or traditional barcode displayed at the back of products to pay bills and other card registered payments. This alleged payment method could help users in quick self-checkouts.
Payments via QR Code scanning will also work in the autonomously for items without a code. The Wallet app would generate a QR Code that will be scanned by holding the iPhone in front of the scanner. Furthermore, third-party apps might also be supported as the code was discovered in the public system API.
QR Code Feature
QR Code payments were not discussed by Apple at the WWDC 2020 last month, which probably means that the is feature might still be in testing phase. As the feature was not present in the first developer beta for iOS 14 as well that clearly suggests that it is still under development by the company.
Furthermore, the feature was spotted as a part of the software code, and may not actually be released later this year. Therefore, we do not recommend users to get their hopes up until Apple officially announces it later this year.
However, users can get excited about iOS 14. From what is know, iOS 14 is already a power-packed software with many new and exciting features and improvements. Its public beta will release later this month and final release in Fall. A few days ago Apple seeded second developer beta for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS Big Sur.
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