Apple May Let You Try Apps Without Installing Them With iOS 14


Apple is gearing up to bring its iterative version of the operating system for iPhones – iOS 14. While we have already seen multiple rumors of the new features that will be coming with the new iOS 14, and now, a new report from 9to5Mac suggests that iOS 14 will allow you to run app snippets to complete tasks without installing them on your iPhone.

This feature has been found in the code of an early build of iOS 14 which was reviewed by 9to5Mac. According to the report, this new functionality will be a part of a new API referred to in iOS 14 as “Clips.” With this functionality, iPhone users will be able to run snippets of the app to complete some basic tasks just by scanning a QR code.

The Clips API “allows developers to offer interactive and dynamic content from their apps even if you haven’t installed them,” according to 9to5Mac. When you scan a QR code, a card will apparently appear that lets you interact with the parts of an app. Once you complete the basic interaction with the parts of the app, these cards may also let users choose to download a full version of the app from the App Store. 

According to the new code viewed by 9to5Mac, Apple could be testing the new app previews with OpenTable, Yelp, DoorDash, Sony’s PS4 Second Screen app, and YouTube. This feature sounds similar to the Slices feature on Android, or Android’s Instant Apps, which loads a tiny version of an app when you tap on a link. However, 9to5Mac says the code it reviewed only mentions Clips API integration with QR codes, and so, we don’t whether Apple will integrate this feature with Spotlight, Siri, or other parts of iOS.

As of now, there is no guarantee that Apple will integrate app snippets in the stable version of iOS 14. However, we will get a clearer look at this later when Apple will make iOS 14 official.

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