Soon You Won’t Have to Type in Your Credit Card Number on Your iPhone
iOS8, the new iPhone operating system that’s coming out later this year, will let you scan your credit card when buying something in Safari. Instead of typing in numbers, you’ll be able to hold up your card and have the iPhone automatically recognize the numbers and punch them in for you.
Apple debuted both the new iPhone and Mac operating systems in San Francisco on Monday. Though you can’t get the updates until this fall, a few developers already have access — and the credit card feature is just one of several changes that are coming to your phone and computer. The company also has plans to make texting easier, and might be changing the font on the Mac for the first time ever.
Some apps like Uber already use similar technology to the new card-scanning option, allowing you to hold your credit card up to your phone and get the information off of it. PayPal recently bought the app Car.dio, which does just that.
In iOS 7 (what you have now), Safari can save your credit card info when you enter it, and then auto-fill it for you when making your next purchase. The iOS 8 update will also let you scan and save cards to auto-fill for future purchases, 9to5 Macreports.
We have to wonder how hard it would be to take a surreptitious pic of your neighbor’s card — say, while paying at a restaurant — and use it for a purchase. But that probably wouldn’t be any easier than just looking and writing down their number.