According to reports, Apple has postponed the release of a new feature that would allow customers to connect their driver’s licences or IDs to their iPhone’s Wallet app until early 2022. According to an update to Apple’s official iOS 15 website, the functionality will now be available in early 2022. According to MacRumors, the company had expected to launch in late 2021.
Apple stated at WWDC 2021 that it is collaborating with various states around the country to enable residents to link their driver’s licence or state ID to Wallet on their iPhone and Apple Watch in a simple and secure manner. Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to offer this new technology to its citizens, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah.
Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, stated, “The addition of driver’s licences and state IDs to Apple Wallet is a critical step in our ambition of replacing the physical wallet with a secure and easy-to-use mobile wallet.”
Customers will be allowed to use their driver’s licence or state ID in Wallet for the first time at select airport security checkpoints and lanes in participating airports, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Wallet is a more secure and simple way for customers to present their driver’s licences and state IDs on iPhone or Apple Watch, and it was built with privacy in mind.
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