When iOS 8 lands later this year, users will be able to make online purchases via their mobile devices much quicker.

Safari, Apple’s own browser, will gain further functionality in the next update of iOS which will allow users to scan a credit card with the iPhone’s camera, which will automatically read the information.

Users will no longer have to laboriously enter the digits manually to make a purchase online.

Safari's credit card camera scanner

When you tap the ‘Scan Credit Card’ option on a payment page in Safari, a card-shaped box appears

While Safari already lets users select credit cards that have been saved in its Passwords & Autofill settings, the camera function will speed up proceedings, particularly if you’ve not stored your info in Safari.

We tried the functionality on a number of sites and the feature seemed perfectly happy to recognize when a card is required meaning website developers won’t have to enable any additional functionality.

Apple announced the latest upgrade to its iPhone’s operating system at WWDC earlier this week.

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