Redeem Gift Cards Now Using the Device Camera

Exploring some of the (200+) new features and functions available in Apple’s newest system upgrade has proven to be a lot like piecing together a puzzle and finding little surprises you did not expect to see in the big picture.  While all of the user interface changes were designed to simplify tasks for the masses, many will prove to be especially helpful for users with disabilities.

My iOS7 Tip-Of-The-Day:

We no longer have to type in those ridiculously long redemption codes from the back of the iTunes gift cards!  One of the new functions in iOS7 allows you to take a photo with the device’s camera (front or rear) to input this information. To redeem the gift card, just go to the iTunes store, make your purchase (app, book or music) and choose the option to “redeem the card with the camera”.  Use the camera to take a picture of the back of the gift card and the code is automatically entered for you.  This new feature will certainly be helpful for users with low vision or fine motor problems!

Apple offers these tips:

  • If the room isn’t lit well enough, your gift card may not be readable.
  • Completely peel off the coating that is hiding the gift code to improve readability.
  • If you receive this message, you can type in your iTunes Gift Card code manually.

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