There are countless third-party apps that allow you to scan QR codes and Data Matrixes on your iPhone, but wouldn’t it be easier if you could read them inside the built-in Camera app? Well, with a new tweak for jailbroken iOS devices called Decode Camera, you can.
From iOS developer iOShack, Decode Camera brings QR code and Data Matrix scanning to Apple’s built-in Camera app on your iPhone. Once installed, all you have to do is flip a toggle inside the Camera app — just like you would to enable the grid or HDR imaging — and your iPhone will immediately begin scanning for codes.
Once it has found one, it’ll give you the option to open the code’s content straight away, as you can see in the example above from ModMyi, which uses a URL.
The handy thing about Decode Camera is that once it’s found a code and opened it for you, it turns itself off automatically, so the next time you open up your Camera, it’s instantly ready to take pictures again. While this may be a pain if you want to scan numerous codes at once, it eliminates the frustration of having to disable the tweak to take pictures every time you open your Camera.
There is also a downside to the tweak, however. It costs $1.50, which some would consider a tad expensive for such a simple thing. But if that doesn’t bother you, you can download Decode Camera from the BigBoss repository within Cydia now.