Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 allows users to try out apps before purchasing by scanning QR codes
- The feature was discovered in early versions of Apple’s iOS 14
- It allows users to scan QR codes or tap links to get app previews
- Once scanned or tapped, the link would display a dynamic map style preview
- It can help users understand what they are buying and help developers bring apps to the market
A new feature in Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 allows users to try out apps before actually buying them.
According to a report by 9to5Mac, code explored in early builds of iOS 14 shows that the operating system would allow users to sample parts of third-party apps without actually installing them.
Instead, users could scan a QR code or select a link on their iPhone or iPad and then display an interactive ‘map’ on their screen to test some of an app’s functionality.
The feature would assist developers in marketing apps and would give customers more notice before purchasing (inventory)
Specifically, scanning the code or clicking the link would open the preview in Apple’s Safari web browser that mimics a user’s native interface.
Theoretically, the feature would allow developers to better market apps while providing customers with more insight into what they are buying before pulling the trigger.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple already seems to be testing the feature with apps like OpenTable, Yelp, DoorDash, Sony, most notably the PS4 Second Screen app and YouTube.
That means it may be ready for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWD), which will take place in June.
The feature is said to mimic one already available in Google’s Android operating system called ‘Slices’.
Likewise, Slices allows Android to display interactive previews of an app in Google Search and Google Assistant, so the Apple version may also integrate with Apple’s spotlight feature according to 9to5Mac.
Rumors are spreading about what else iOS 14 has in store as WWDC approaches.
Apple could release the feature at the upcoming developer conference (pictured) that will take place in June this year
Earlier report from Bloomberg, citing “people familiar with the matter,” suggests that Apple is considering allowing users to specify which apps are used for iOS tasks such as email or web browsing.
That means iOS would no longer be forced to use Apple-made apps like Apple Mail to open emails or Safari to browse web pages, as has been the case since the beginning of the operating system.