Apple's iPhone 3G has hidden QR matrix code

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in iPhone edited January 2014
A user by the name of fsjk85 on the whirlpool.net.au forums was toying with the nightshot mode on his video camera and discovered something interesting -- the iPhone 3G has a QR code hidden in the upper left-hand side of of its rear shell.







A QR Code is a matrix code -- or "Quick Response" two-dimensional bar code -- that allows its contents to be decoded at high speed. Wikipedia notes that although QR codes were initially conceived for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, they're "now used in a much broader context, including both commercial tracking applications and convenience-oriented applications aimed at mobile phone users (known as mobile tagging.



Apple's implementation is not user-oriented, and is instead believed to be a means of storing information about an iPhone that would traditionally be placed on a sticker behind a mobile phone's battery cover, such as its IMEI number, serial number, and production date.

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    So what does this suggest... some kind of UPC-like scanner function for product comparison or purchasing?
  • Reply 2 of 4
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    A user by the name of fsjk85 on the whirlpool.net.au forums was toying with the nightshot mode on his video camera and discovered something interesting -- the iPhone 3G has a QR code hidden in the upper left-hand side of of its rear shell.







    A QR Code is a matrix code -- or "Quick Response" two-dimensional bar code -- that allows its contents to be decoded at high speed. Wikipedia notes that although QR codes were initially conceived for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, they're "now used in a much broader context, including both commercial tracking applications and convenience-oriented applications aimed at mobile phone users (known as mobile tagging.



    Apple's implementation is not user-oriented, and is instead believed to be a means of storing information about an iPhone that would traditionally be placed on a sticker behind a mobile phone's battery cover, such as its IMEI number, serial number, and production date.









    Thats actually a datamatrix code not a qr code.



    check out www.Cognation.net/QR for more details.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    mcarlingmcarling Posts: 1,106member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    So what does this suggest... some kind of UPC-like scanner function for product comparison or purchasing?



    No, it's not a scanner. It's just a barcode that Apple can read to identify the iPhone.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,949member
    I don't believe it right now. I have a camcorder with NightShot mode and I just couldn't find anything. Maybe if others could try it out and confirm its existence.
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