upsmobileUPS has updated its iPhone app with two new features that make it easier to discover tracking numbers and follow shipments. The first, called scan-to-track, uses the iPhone's built-in camera to "capture the tracking information from a shipping label or UPS InfoNotice". The new auto-detect feature looks for a UPS tracking number on the iPhone's clipboard whenever the app is opened.

What's new

- Scan to Track: Use your smart phone’s barcode reader to scan package
tracking numbers to obtain updated information
- Tracking Number Automatic Population: the UPS app will automatically search
for tracking numbers saved on your smart phone and download them into the
UPS app for immediate tracking.

UPS Mobile is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

reden Avatar
160 months ago


Yes, but does it really deserve to be on macrumors?
Maybe you don't deserve to be on MacRumors. It's like this is your website or something, and you designed, built and pay for it. I'll get you a "I survived the aftermath of the MacRumors article on UPS Mobile App Adds Barcode Scanning" T-shirt.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
surf2snow1 Avatar
160 months ago
Can you imagine how expensive shipping would be if you had to pay for a GPS transmitter for every package you send?

Let's be realistic.

Gps for the driver, not the package.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ericrwalker Avatar
160 months ago


Why is this news? Barcode scanning is nothing new...

It's new to the UPS app.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
applesith Avatar
160 months ago
If I have the parcel in my hand to scan, do I really need to track it?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nylonsteel Avatar
160 months ago
re original article

ups needs an app to gps map where my driver is with my expected package
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rnizlek Avatar
160 months ago

They already have this I'm sure, just for internal purposes I bet. It will ever be given to consumers. Maybe flight status tracker since you can't get to the plane, but not for trucks.

They do have this on most of their trucks already, but yes, it's only for internal use. Their new scanners also record the GPS coordinates of where the package is dropped in case there is an issue down the road. As for flight tracking, it's very easy to match up the tracking entries with flights by going to Flight Aware, if you really have a burning desire to watch your package fly across the country (assuming it's Air). No way to track the truck trailers or trains if it's going by ground, at least from a consumer perspective.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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