Apple Working On A Scanner App for iOS

Apple Working On A Scanner App for iOS

An inside source at Apple has told 9to5Mac that the company is working on a native scanner app for iOS. The app in question would turn the iPhone or iPad into a digital scanner. As Apple increases the quality of its mobile cameras, such an app will give customers a native solution for scanning on the go.

The app will work as follows:

  1. The user opens the app and holds the iPhone over the document or object they want scanned.  They then snap a picture of it.  Apple’s on-board software then resizes the image to ‘letter’ or business card, A4 or whatever depending on original document.  Resizing includes aligning edges that get skewed by a sigle scan point rather than traditional scanning methods.  The user can then manually change the size of the document or the use (biz card?)
  2. On board software then separates images blocks from text.
  3. This is where it gets murky.  At last word, Apple was trying to do OCR both on-device and using alternative cloud methods for recognizing text.  Third party Optical Character Recognition (OCR) vs. in house solutions were also being tested.
  4. The resulting file can then be saved as a PDF, .Pages, exported to contacts (in the case of business cards for example).

The app would presumably tie in with Apple’s own iWork suite for scanning documents into Pages. Apple has filed multiple scanning-related patents, so this type of an app could very well be real and in the works.

9to5Mac is uncertain if this app will be included in iOS 5 this Fall, so we can only hope.

What benefits do you see to Apple having its own scanner app for iOS?

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  • Guest

    Could have used this tech last week when I had to scan an official document for PayPal to unlock my account that was suspended do to hacking attempts.  Had a few pissed off ebay sellers I couldn’t pay until the issue was cleared up.  Ended up having to travel to a friends house to scan the document as my scanner is broken

  • MiralSimon

    woooow that’s incredibly unbelievable I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://fzy.co/1Sj

  • Patrick

    Hummm … as the co-founder of ScanBizCards, one of the apps scanning business cards on the iPhone this is certainly an interesting rumor! The reality is that there are a number of document scanning apps on the App Store and a several business card readers (including ScanBizCards) and these apps are already quite popular so it’s unclear what Apple is trying to add with their own app doing the same!

  • Ricardo

    @Patrick it is basically the same “reason” why Apple is doing their own “Reminder” App. To pick up growing markets and implement “useful” features into the iOS Core, imho.

  • Felfac

    built QR scanner apple just killed another market area in the app store but it would be great thats the only benfit i can see lol i know this will never happen but imagine jailbreaking by scanning something you download it onto your pc or mac and then you scan and the rest is jailbreak even easier than jailbreakMe

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