Apple’s latest iOS 11 update makes qr codes cool again
What is it?
The new iOS 11 update enables users to scan QR codes using the native camera app, meaning there’s no extra software necessary.
What does it do?
If you open up the stock camera on the developer beta of iOS 11 and point it at a standard QR code, you’ll get a pop-up prompt with the decoded text or action (which you can also turn off if you want to).
Is it a game-changer?
Although QR codes have been around since 1994, they’ve never quite had the traction that many forecasted the tech to have. This is especially interesting when taken into account that, in theory, the frictionless experience rivals that of voice activated command software like Siri. The QR code achilles heel has always been that you need a separate app to actually use the technology. This update eliminates that, which is really important considering speed and convenience are the main points of using QR codes in the first place. Whilst we’ve seen similar updates from the likes of Samsung in the past, this is still the first feature to not require any other app. This may mean we’ll see a big rise in QR codes over the next year.