Apple Pay is one of the best Apple services, it allows us pay without contact and almost effortlessly from our iPhone or Apple Watch in the vast majority of establishments without having to withdraw our card. Apple Pay relies on NFC technology to make payments securely, but a new payment method using QR codes may soon be coming, which may not be very popular here, but it’s incredibly popular in places like China.
As you surely know, IOS 14 betas are now available and yesterday Apple released the second developer beta, although it can be installed by any user. This new beta version includes many new features, and 9to5mac found one related to QR code payments via Apple Pay.
This feature has not been officially released, references were just found in the iOS 14 beta 2 code. Apparently Apple is working on a new method that will allow us to make payments via Apple Pay by scanning a QR code, or a traditional barcode, with the iPhone camera.
QR codes will arrive at Apple Pay
9to5mac managed to access this hidden feature of iOS 14 beta 2, although it is currently disabled and not working. As they commented, we can pay for any purchase by scanning the QR code they have in the store with any card we have in Apple Pay. But the system also works in reverse. That is, our iPhone could generate a QR code that the store can scan to make payment.
But this novelty does not stop there, they have also discovered that there will be some kind of interaction of this payment system through QR codes with third-party applications, because this information was found in a public system API.
Apple did not comment on this new feature when it presented iOS 14 at WWDC20, nor did it comment on it in subsequent discussions. Everything indicates that this new Apple Pay is not yet ready to launch, and maybe it will be delayed for several months and will arrive with a future update of iOS 14. That yes, this function was not present in the first beta released two weeks ago.
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Apple Pay continues to evolve over time and this is one of them ideal function for attacking new markets where QR codes have been used and popularized during payment. We don’t know when it will be available, although it is a feature that seems important and Apple should explain well before releasing it to the public.
Source : Techradar