The QR code system was initially invented back in 1994, pre-dating the smartphone by a decade and a half. The QR code (Quick Response code) was once mainly aimed toward identifying products for stores in a way that was more versatile than the more popular barcode system – UPC barcodes. It doesn’t take far more than a camera and a touch of software support to permit a smartphone to use a QR code – so why isn’t it a more widespread system of communication?
This week Apple released an Apple Support video called “How to scan a QR code with Camera on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.” The video’s contents are smaller than the implications the video makes. However, Apple continues to incorporate the iPod touch alongside the iPhone and iPad, indicating that Apple hasn’t yet given alongside the third category of the mobile device.
If we take a peek at the official support document for scanning a QR code for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, we see the last update date as November 18, 2020. This document focuses on the QR code’s ability to send a tool to a selected web address.
Apple also features a Scan a QR code with the iPad camera document that provides quite one option for reading tactics. Users are shown to use the camera app with the iPad to read a QR code and “tap the notification that appears on the screen to travel to the relevant website or app.” Apple also has an expanded set of the way to use a QR code on this page, suggesting that users can use a Camera or Code Scanner to scan QR codes for “links to websites, apps, coupons, tickets, and more.”
The camera how-to sticks to the essential system included within the iPhone, iPod, iPad document. This iPadOS document also includes what was once called “QR Code Reader” and is now called “Code Scanner.” Users will need to head to Settings – center – and tap the + symbol next to Code Scanner. Once active, the Code Scanner is often found within the users’ center.
The release date for this video and, therefore, the switch from QR Code Reader to Code Scanner in Apple mobile device software suggests that Apple is on board with QR codes (and other kinds of camera-readable codes) for the end of the day. Remember when your wild uncle Jerry said that QR codes would never last, and every one of those QR code business cards you purchased was a waste of cash? The joke’s on you, Jerry!