Apple might allow you to check out components of third-party iOS apps with out putting in them in your iPhone by scanning a QR code, in response to code in an early construct of iOS 14 reviewed by 9to5Mac. The performance is seemingly a part of a brand new API referred to in iOS 14 as “Clips.”
The Clips API “permits builders to supply interactive and dynamic content material from their apps even in the event you haven’t put in them,” in response to 9to5Mac. Whenever you scan a QR code, a card will apparently seem that permits you to work together with the components of an app. The cardboard can also let customers select to obtain a full model of the app from the App Retailer or, if you have already got the app that the QR code is previewing, open the interactive expertise in that app.
Apple may very well be testing the brand new app previews with OpenTable, Yelp, DoorDash, Sony’s PS4 Second Display app, and YouTube, in response to the code seen by 9to5Mac.
This new function sounds considerably just like the Slices function on Android, which surfaces components of an app in search outcomes and in Google Assistant, or Android’s Instantaneous Apps, which hundreds a tiny model of an app whenever you faucet on a hyperlink. Nonetheless, 9to5Mac says the code it reviewed solely mentions Clips API integration with QR codes, so it’s unclear if Apple plans to combine the brand new function with Highlight, Siri, or different components of iOS.
iOS 14 may even reportedly embrace updates to iCloud Keychain, a brand new record view for the house display screen, a brand new health app, and extra.