A new string of code found in the iOS 14 Build by 9to5Mac team shows a new feature where users will be able to try apps before even installing it onto your iPhone. Known as ‘Clip API’, this API will allow developers to offer dynamic content from their apps to users even if the users haven’t installed them.
If you are someone who doesn’t like to install a bunch of apps or install an app for doing a one time task then this feature is something you will definitely need. You might not be able to run the whole app itself. Parts or snippets of the app can be run without having the need to install it on your device.
Android is having this feature for the last 2 years. Known as Instant Apps, it will let users try apps before installing so users get an idea of the app like will it be beneficial, how does the app works, etc.
iOS users are required to scan a QR code and a popup card will appear with the native app UI. You will see the native app UI itself and not the web version. You can try the particular thing offered by the app and will also see a install full version button as well.
As of now, Apple is beta testing this feature with some apps like YouTube, Yelp, DoorDash, Sony’s PS4 Second Screen App. Developers are required to define parts of the apps that should be accessible to users via Clips. Recently, we also saw an option to share songs from Apple Music to Instagram in the same iOS 14 build.
We are not sure if this featured will be available in the final build as this feature is found in an early leaked build of iOS 14. Apple will launch iOS 14 at WWDC 2020 in June this year. It is better to take this information with a pinch of salt as these features might not make it to the final version. Anyways, let’s see.