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iOS 17 finally solves that stupid scan-to-tap QR problem

Apple’s iOS 17 fixes QR code struggles! No more floating menus – just easy, thumb-friendly access.

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Do you remember when Apple first introduced its QR code scanning feature? You know, the one where you point your camera at a QR code, a bubble appears, and you have to stay still while attempting to tap a floating menu?

Yeah, it isn’t the easiest thing to pull off but guess what – that’s going away soon because the great minds at Apple are doing something about it in iOS 17.

If you’re wondering how they’re doing it, no, Apple isn’t developing some new QR code scanning innovation, and they’re certainly not going to change because I wrote a blog once. So how they’re doing it?

Easy, they’re just moving the menu so it appears at the bottom of the screen vs. floating around like some Pokemon Go character.

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Image: KnowTechie via 9to5Mac

First spotted by 9to5Mac, a link button appears at the bottom of the Camera app when you scan a QR code. This makes it easy to tap with your thumb, just like the Safari search bar at the bottom of the screen.

You might think this is just a minor change, but let’s face it – we’ve all experienced the frustration of trying to tap that annoying floating button. So it’s about time Apple stepped up and made this feature more user-friendly.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at kevin@knowtechie.com or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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