iPhone Can Scan QR Codes Directly in Camera App on iOS 11

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The iOS Camera app will finally be able to recognize QR codes within iOS 11, as was discovered yesterday during the developer-focused beta launch of Apple's new mobile operating system. On current iterations of iOS, users have to find and download a third-party QR code scanning application if they wish to use their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to scan a code.

    When iOS 11 launches in the fall, the Camera app will natively provide a QR scanning function to all users. Some beta users have taken to Twitter to share a glimpse of the feature in action, and it appears expectedly straightforward: open the Camera app, point the iOS device at a QR code, and tap on the drop-down notification to act upon it.

    A few examples of iOS 11 QR code scanning via @daytonlowell and @theronster

    Some examples that have been shared include joining a Wi-Fi network, adding someone to your contacts, and -- presumably -- any other scanning opportunities currently offered by QR code technology. The feature is turned on by default, but can be toggled on/off within the Camera section of the Settings app.

    Check out the MacRumors iOS 11 tidbits post for more information about what can be found in the newest version of iOS.

    Article Link: iPhone Can Scan QR Codes Directly in Camera App on iOS 11
  2. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2014
    These are still a thing? I guess much more useful now that I don't have to find an app to read them first.
  3. Vasilioskn macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2010
    New York
    I’ve never used QR before in my life am I missing out?
  4. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Two thoughts:
    #1 - QR Codes became a thing about 9 years ago, and then stopped being a thing (at least outside of package tracking) around 5 years ago. So Apple is quite late to this party. Maybe it'll come back now that iPhones support it.
    #2 - At least it's coming at all. During the keynote it was only mentioned on a Chinese specific features slide, so I thought it would be handled like Emojis were initially, where it was limited to specific regions for no technical reason.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 6, 2017 ---
    No. When they were a thing, they were just an image you could point your iPhone at so it would visit a website. Normally the URL for the website was written out next to the image. Just for some URLs, it's quicker/easier to use the QR reader then to manually type out the URL.
  5. Carmenia83 macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2012
    This was "discovered" in the beta? They mentioned it during the keynote.
  6. Cayden macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2014
    The keynote made it seem like it would be available to only Chinese markets but this shows (at least for now) that's not the case
  7. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    Using QR for wifi password is genius. How would one create the QR that it'll recognize as a password?
  8. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    QR codes are still used, and are handy. I use a QR code any time I go to the movies or to a sporting event as my virtual ticket to display on my smartphone. I see QR codes on development notices that go up around me that can link to more detail about what the development will entail. I also see stores display them with more information about a product, etc... I don't personally use those, but I see them.
  9. raccoontail macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    In 2007 my two biggest gripes about the original iOS were no built-in QR code scanning, and the inability to sort notes by title. It only took about 8 years for Apple to figure out how to sort notes alphabetically. What would be really handy is if everyone had a QR code on the back of their business card that could be scanned to create a new contact. Would be so much better than OCR.
  10. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I find QR codes interesting, but hardly ever used them do to needing an extra app to read them.

    I could picture myself using them more if the camera app could read them. Having the ability to quickly scan them without unlocking my phone would help too.
  11. revres macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2014
    The QR includes SSID, Password and encryption type. There is already a standard for android, which now can be used for iPhone also. With the other QR scan apps it was not possible to directly input this into the system, but with the new native integrations its possible. I tried it today with the beta (before that, you had to create a custum profile which you have to download and install for iOS)

    See also http://lifehacker.com/5835743/how-t...roid-users-with-a-qr-code-and-barcode-scanner for example
  12. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I think it was mentioned on that Chinese-centric slide because QR codes are still a HUGE thing in China. Mobile payments in China reached US$5.5 trillion <--(that's a 't' btw) in 2016 and the majority of that was done using, you guessed it, QR codes. So to say they stopped being a thing is entirely dependent upon the perspective in which it's viewed. US consumer perspective - QR codes aren't as pervasive anymore. From Apple's business and Chinese consumer's perspective - QR codes are the bee's knees.

    I assume from Apple's view, it's much more efficient to just enable QR code reading overall instead of making it regional.
  13. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Why did Apple have to do this? As a designer on a marketing team, I detest those things in my designs. I've been able to justify leaving them out for years because iOS doesn't support them natively, so most people don't use them. Nobody has asked me for years to incorporate one into a design. Now we might end up with this robot vomit everywhere! Hopefully QR codes continue to slowly die as most people don't realize their phone can do this now. I thought Apple was all about forcing crappy technology to go extinct? I always figured that's why they didn't support them. What changed? Probably something to do with China, no doubt.
  14. mrr macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2008
  15. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    There are plenty of apps available that generate QR codes from almost anything.

    I'm really glad this is finally becoming a standard feature of the iPhone. It's something I like using, but I haven't been satisfied with the QR reader apps available.
  16. riverfreak macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2005
    Thonglor, Bangkok
    Doesn't anyone here use an authenticator app for two factor authentication?
  17. typicaluser macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2013
    What a great feature that deserves a dedicated piece of news!
  18. macTW Suspended

    Oct 17, 2016
    On the one hand, that's one less random app we can delete that we never use.

    On the other, we never use.
  19. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    China. This is most likely a move designed to get further into Chinese mobile payments which are dominated by QR codes.
  20. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    Imagine if Apple supplied a nfc api for devs to use. You could tap to get a wifi password.
  21. dmylrea macrumors 68030


    Sep 27, 2005
    It always amazed me that the iPhone, the most popular brand in the world, didn't natively support QR codes and I needed a 3rd party app. Finally, after all these years, it's a new "feature".
  22. MartiNZ macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    And the faithful are dismissive of just how crazy it is that it has taken 10 years. I guess when you pretty much miss the life cycle for a feature, it could be considered to be innovating to add it.
  23. CrystalQuest76 Suspended

    Dec 14, 2015
    West Cost A Lot
    this sounds like a useful new feature. I am seeing this feature along with the new Document Scanner in Notes (called Scan and Sign) killing off a few app developers (just like the built-in flashlight).
  24. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    It's baffling that it took this long for such a simple feature.

    I imagine lack of out-of-the-box iPhone support is what's held QR code back in North America.

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