Ebay has announced a major update to its iPhone and iPad apps, featuring a re-tooled user interface, new shopping cart functionality, photo editing on the iPad, and drivers license scanning on the iPhone which it hopes will speed up the signup process for new users.

Before this update, eBay users only had access to a functional shopping cart on the Web and via its Android app — it was a confusing absence on iOS, given how essential and elementary such a feature is for customers purchasing more than one item at a time.

Moving on, the drivers license scanning feature is particularly interesting — if you’re not too protective of your privacy. It’s now available to iPhone users “in select US states.”

eBay’s new shopping cart functionality, on the iPhone

The update comes a month after eBay reported its Q1 2013 revenues. The company ended up missing analyst expectations, even as PayPal’s revenues rose 18% to $1.5 billion.

➤ eBay for iOS

Top Image Credit: Brian Cantoni

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