It’s been discovered that the new version of Safari in iOS 8 can use the iPhone’s or the iPad’s camera to scan in credit card details for payment services.
Following Apple’s WWDC keynote at the beginning of the week, numerous additional iOS 8 features have emerged. It’s pretty packed.
One of the latest to emerged comes via 9to5Mac, who have discovered a nifty new labour-saving tool within the latest Safari web browser. It allows users to scan in their credit card details rather than typing them in.
Now, when entering a credit card number into an online form, such as an Amazon purchase, you’ll be offered the choice to "Scan Credit Card." Use your device’s camera to snap your card of choice, and Apple’s optical character recognition will automatically pull out the relevant information and put it into the correct fields. Clever.
It seems web developers won’t have to do anything to enable this feature - Safari detects when it’s needed and presents the option above the keypad.
It’s one of many new features added to Safari alone. Also new is the ability to request full desktop websites, a vastly improved tab view for iPad users, improved speed, greater synchronisation with OS X Safari, and more.
iOS 8 is available as a developer beta now, but will officially launch in the autumn around the time of Apple's big iPhone 6 reveal.