Passbook for iOS 7 to support scanning QR codes

Passbook wasn't specifically mentioned during the iOS 7 announcement at WWDC 2013, but it appears to be getting QR code scanning support on the new version of iOS. Seen here in this press shot from the iOS 7 portal at Apple.com, the stock Passbook card clearly shows a "Scan Code" option in the top right-hand corner.

There doesn't seem to be any information specifically on this, but it would appear that Passbook passes will soon have the facility to be added by way of some form of QR code. Perhaps this will help drive adoption of Apple's digital wallet, but who knows. We'll no doubt find out more in the coming weeks and months.

Source: Apple

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yoware says:

already tried passbook app "scan code" function with qr code on my business card and got this...
http://t.co/ISz76noPug

adonissj says:

Hi yoware,

I was my understanding that the 'scan code' function was for bar codes and not for QR codes. Give it a try on a loyalty card with a bar code and let us know what you find.

Thanks

Richard Devine says:

It's for Passbook passcodes, so it's not likely to just scan everything and do something with it?

jefftam68 says:

No sign of NFC yet? Maybe we'll see it with the iPhone 6S.

E-POTS says:

How would that be possible? iOS 7 is a software update; NFC requires hardware

jefftam68 says:

New hardware requires software to drive it. So if you saw 'NFC' in an app's 'share-to' list (share to Twitter, Facebook, SMS, email etc etc.), that would indicate that something was coming with the hardware. Maybe it will appear on later versions when the hardware is finalized.

Irelandjnr says:

They'll add that software if they announce an NFC based iPhone. They won't tell people now to out them off buying an iPhone for 12 weeks.

bfarneth says:

There's a reason Passbook wasn't mentioned. IT'S A BIG FAIL!

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jlb21 says:

I would tend to agree. I find myself using other apps, even for things hooked into Passbook.

Kay_W says:

As the passbook itself is developed more advanced: http://news.passkit.com/, as well as more people are realizing the convenience it brings to us, it will be widely accepted step by step then. It's a brand new lifestyle Apple designed for us. Waiting for the big surprise!!!!!

passkit says:

The Scan Code tool, built into Passbook (iOS7 beta version 1) is a great addition. Many businesses are already enjoying the benefits of distributing Passbook Passes via QR codes (at point of sales, or via traditional media for example) but the number one feedback from the end customer has always been "what's a QR code scanner" or "which scanning app should I use". Now Apple has built this into Passbook (iOS7) it's going to be a synch for anyone to grab a Pass via a 2D Barcode (of course the other distribution channels remain too - email, website, SMS, MMS, social media etc..)

Obviously the Scan Tool is only available to everyone when iOS7 is publicly released, but for developers who want to experiment with Pass distribution methods, we've added a QR code in the PassKit Pass Recovery email. And for PassKit Passes where there is no dynamic or user editable content the QR code in the Pass Designer (Distribution Tab) is also compatible with the Scan Tool.