Today, your iPhone can already replace your bank card, thanks to Apple Pay, as well as certain transport tickets. But the Cupertino company wants to go further.
In June, during the presentation of iOS 15 at the WWDC conference, the Cupertino company announced a new feature of the iPhone that will allow it to digitally store identity documents for certain checks.
Unfortunately, this feature is only announced for the United States yet. And on the other hand, while iOS 15 is already available in a stable version, it has not yet arrived. Apple has already indicated that the launch is postponed until 2022.
In any case, it is on the right track. Proof of this is that the TSA or Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the US agency that regulates transportation, will start supporting driver’s licenses stored in the iPhone’s Wallet application from February.
As the 9to5Mac site reports, this was revealed in a press release from the Secure Technology Alliance, an association that promotes this type of secure solution.
“The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agrees and fully supports the mDL movement (editor’s note, mobile driver’s licenses) for travel authentication. TSA is preparing to begin its gradual rollout, with the integration of mDL Apple Wallet being its first step, which will allow certain security checkpoints at participating airports to be the first places people can use their mDL in the Wallet application “, we read in this press release.
“During a panel on early adoption of mDL, the TSA announced its intention to begin accepting mDL use at airports in two states from February next year. The pilot program will add two more states around March 2022 ”, also indicates the alliance.
Apple wants to replace your entire wallet
But the adoption of this solution will also depend on each American state. And in September, Apple announced a first list of states that will support identity documents stored in Wallet, including Arizona, Georgia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah.
“Adding driver’s licenses and state credentials to Apple Wallet is an important step in our vision to replace the physical wallet with a secure and easy-to-use mobile wallet.”, said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president for Apple Pay and Apple Wallet.
Moreover, the list could quickly grow longer. Indeed, according to the Secure Technology Alliance, driver’s licenses stored on mobile today interest at least 30 US states.
And in addition to identity documents, this application can also replace room keys in certain hotel establishments.
Recently, the Hyatt hotel chain has announcement the roll-out of support for this new iOS feature, in five US-based properties: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa, Hyatt House Chicago / West Loop-Fulton Market, Hyatt House Dallas / Richardson, Hyatt Place Fremont / Silicon Valley and Hyatt Regency Long Beach.