iOS 14 has brought some great features iOS, such as its Translate app, Picture-In-Picture on the iPhone, widget support and cycling directions in Apple Maps.
However, one feature from iOS 14 we have not heard much about is App Clips.
App Clips are designed to be a way for someone to use an app on their iPhone without actually downloading and installing the app on their device.
This could be by buying coffee from a cafe, renting a Lime scooter or paying for your gas without going inside the gas station to pay, and instead, paying for it through an app that’s not entirely on your iPhone.
Recently, a couple of Twitter users have spotted App Clips out in public, specifically through restaurants.
The first one is from Aaron Fisher, who spotted his at a Pinch Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, New York. Pinch Chinese uses a digital Toast POS system, which appears to be one of the first POS systems to have App Clips support.
iOS 14 App Clip + Apple Pay at a restaurant 😍😍 pic.twitter.com/YgQfcQpa6n
— Aaron Fisher (@aaronmfisher) May 9, 2021
Another one comes from Michael Ducker on Twitter, who found support through Nopa in San Francisco that also has a Toast POS system.
Before these two spottings on Twitter, the only other place we have seen App Clips support is through ExxonMobil gas stations, which makes sense since those gas stations are 3% Daily Cash merchants through Apple’s Apple Card.
ExxonMobil now using App Clips NFC tags at the pump from ApplePay
iOS apps that we have also seen get support for App Clips are TikTok and Shazam.
What do you think of App Clips? Have you ever been able to successfully use them yet? Comment below or let us know on Twitter at @appleosophy.