Apple iPhone and iPad users may soon be able to access portions of third-party apps without actually installing them on the devices.

Judging by code spied within iOS 14, Apple is developing a new ‘Clips’ API which would enable users to access portions of an app just by scanning a QR code.

References to the new feature were spotted by 9to5Mac, which explains how the feature appears to work. If the user scans a QR code from an app developer they can interact with content from that app, minus the need to download it from the App Store.

The content would appear in the form of a pop-up card showing content from the application in question, while also offering the option to download the full app. It’s not clear quite what functionality it would offer, but one can imagine users being able…

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