iOS 8 will take a small leap in the mobile payments arena by providing the chance to pay for items by scanning a credit card using the onboard camera.
Apple’s new mobile OS, which will be out this autumn, has a new feature inside the Safari browser that will scan the card inside a set border and then use optical character recognition to input the numbers into the correct form, according to 9to5Mac.
The same site also reported that there is a way to scan and save cards using the camera directly from within the Passwords & AutoFill settings, the location where credit card numbers have historically been stored for later use by Safari.
Website developers will be happy to discover that they don’t need to do anything to activate the feature as Safari automatically detects when a card number is being requested and then presents the scanning option above the keypad.
Apple has still yet to cast its net in the direction of one particular mobile payment technology and this is despite many predicting that it would choose to add the fledgling near field communication [NFC] technology to its smartphones and tablets.
iOS 8 was unveiled at the company’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this week in San Francisco alongside OS X Yosemite and a number of new features that form the iOS 8 SDK.
One of the biggest new additions is the HealthKit part of the SDK that forms the crux of the company’s Health app that will work together with any wearable wristband or smartwatch that it releases in the future.
Both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will be released later on this year and it remains likely that a new, larger-screened iPhone will come out at the same time.