Scan Credit Card into iOS 8 Safari Using Your iPhone Camera
Apple has made some major improvements to iOS 8 over the last few months, and one of them is a new ability to take pictures of your credit card to use in Safari. Instead of entering your card information manually, you can use your phone to collect the data for you.
When you go to check out a product using Safari, you will see an option that says “Scan Credit Card.” This will bring up a screen that shows the display for the rear camera on the phone. Simply take a clear picture of the card with your phone and save it. Then the phone will do the rest.
After the image is captured, your name and credit card number will automatically show up on the screen. You can choose to submit the information to the website you’re on, and then you’ll receive your item.
This simple tweak may not seem earth-shattering, but it is another step toward convenience. An issue may arise when the numbers on a worn out card cannot be picked up by the camera. In that case, you will have to enter your information manually.
About Bill Hardekopf
Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of LowCards.com and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.