Apple iPhone will use camera in iOS 8 to scan credit card details

Developers with access to the iOS 8 beta are revealing features of the mobile OS, which were kept quiet fairly during the WWDC keynote unveiling.

Safari is one of the apps, which has several enhancements, including the ability to access payment information via a photo.

A "Scan Credit Card" option will appear when you're about to enter credit card details using the keypad. Using can opt to choose this inside of using the existing Autofill feature or entering the details manually. Safari will ask for access to your camera and you'll be prompted to take a picture of the card.

The feature is baked into the web browser so it should work on all e-commerce websites.

Other core features added to Safari include to the ability to:

- View a list of recently closed tabs by pressing and holding the '+' icon.

- Get a birds-eye view of open tabs,

- Set the 'DuckDuckGo' website as the default search engine. Go to Settings > Safari > Search and check the box.

- Request desktop websites.

- Create individuals private tabs instead of turning all tabs into private mode.

Khidr Suleman is the Technical Editor at IT Pro, a role he has fulfilled since March 2012. He is responsible for the reviews section on the site  - so get in touch if you have a product you think might be of interest to the business world. He also covers the hardware and operating systems beats. Prior to joining IT Pro, Khidr worked as a reporter at Incisive Media. He studied law at the University of Reading and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism and Online Writing at PMA Training.