Apple recently updated its website to indicate that the upcoming feature of iOS 15 and watchOS 8 that will allow you to add a driver’s license or state ID to your iPhone and Apple Watch in participating U.S. states has been delayed until early 2022. Apple has previously said the feature would launch in late 2021.
Apple said in September that Arizona and Georgia will be among the first states to introduce this feature to residents, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah. Apple added that it is in talks with many other American states (allegedly including Florida) because it is working on offering this function throughout the country in the future.
Apple did not specify a specific release date for this feature outside the time frame for early 2022, and the feature is not enabled in the latest iOS 15.2 beta.
Apple said the selected TSA security checkpoints at select U.S. airports will be the first locations where users will be able to present a digital ID in the Wallet app. Users will be able to tap the plus sign at the top of the Wallet app to start adding a driver’s license or state ID to the app, then simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch on the identity reader to present their TSA ID, without removing their physical card or handing over the device .
After tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch on the identity reader, users will see a prompt on their device that displays specific information requested by the TSA. Only after authorization using Face ID or Touch ID, the requested identity information is released from the user’s device, and the user does not have to unlock, show or hand over their device to a TSA security officer to present their ID, Apple says.
Apple emphasized the protection of privacy and security of this function. When adding a driver’s license or state ID card to the Wallet app, the company said users will need to take a photo of their face, which will be safely delivered to the issuing state for verification. As an additional measure, Apple said that users will be invited to complete a series of facial and head movements during the setup process.
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