Apple could allow you to check out elements of third-party iOS apps with out installing them in your iPhone by scanning a QR code, in accordance with code in an early construct of iOS 14 revietheyd by 9to5Mac. The performance is outwardly a part of a brand new API referred to in iOS 14 as “Clips.”
The Clips API “allows developers to offer interactive and dynamic content from their apps even if you haven’t installed them,” in accordance with 9to5Mac. When you scan a QR code, a card will apparently seem that permits you to work together with the elements of an app. The card can also let customers select to obtain a full model of the app from the App Store or, if you have already got the app that the QR code is previewing, open the interactive expertise in that app.
Apple could possibly be testing the brand new app previews with OpenTable, Yelp, DoorDash, Sony’s PS4 Second Screen app, and YouTube, in accordance with the code vietheyd by 9to5Mac.
This new characteristic sounds considerably just like the Slices characteristic on Android, which surfaces elements of an app in search outcomes and in Google Assistant, or Android’s Instant Apps, which masses a tiny model of an app if you faucet on a hyperlink. Hotheyver, 9to5Mac says the code it revietheyd solely mentions Clips API integration with QR codes, so it’s unclear if Apple plans to combine the brand new characteristic with Spotlight, Siri, or different elements of iOS.
iOS 14 may also reportedly embrace updates to iCloud Keychain, a brand new record view for the house display, a brand new health app, and extra.