Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021, 16:31 iOS: Software

Driver's License & ID In The Wallet App – Apple Delays Introduction Of New Feature

For quite some time now, it's already been possible to store airline tickets, membership cards, and credit cards on the iPhone for usage via the Wallet app. The app's next big step is the ability to store official forms of personal ID such as drivers' licenses and passports. Apple already has the technical aspects handled and in September the first US-American states agreed to pilot the feature. Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah will be the first states to allow "digital identification" – although formal means of identification aren't expected to be going anywhere for the foreseeable future. The current conditions should allow individuals to use their iPhones for identification at certain checkpoints, such as in airports, for example. There's no indication as to when a country-wide adoption of the feature might take place.

First Pilot In 2022
The timeframe for the feature's introduction announced by Apple this summer at the WWDC in June can no longer be met. The previous statement was that the Waller app would support personal identification by the end of 2021. However, Apple has now changed the relevant product site and now refers to "early 2022". This was to be foreseen, since the current beta version of iOS 15.2 doesn't contain any indications of the feature whatsoever. Presumably, the feature will make its first appearance with iOS 15.3 in February or March 2022 – and only in select states. There are still no concrete plans in countries other than The United States, however.

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Demanding Implementation
As a result of the need for a high level of safety and information protection, "digital identification" is a demanding undertaking. Apple has worked with interested states thus far and released specifics of the feature's technical infrastructure and staffed support. Apple wants to confirm that sensible data comes from authorized sources. However, the feature is just as easy to set up as Apple Pay, for those familiar with Apple Pay's set-up process. Without a biometric authorization, nothing is transferred and Apple doesn't receive any data. Apple also doesn't receive any statistics regarding where or how often any form of identification is used.

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