After being previously set for release in “late 2021,” Apple‘s digital driver’s license release has been postponed until later this year.
According to an update to Apple’s iOS 15 page, the digital driver’s license/ID feature won’t be available until “early 2022.” The move comes after reports surfaced that Apple was seeking tighter control over how governments implement the function, which was previously expected to arrive in the second half of 2021.
Apple claims the feature, which was first unveiled at WWDC 2021, will allow you to utilize its Wallet app to store your digital identification for use at airport security checks. Of course, the system is reliant on state support.
The company stated that citizens in Arizona and Georgia would be the first to be able to add their licenses to their phones (with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah following later), but did not specify when this would happen.
Apple’s contracts with the states picked to oversee the program are extremely tight, according to a report released earlier this month. Apple has “sole discretion” over how the states advertised the program, how they reported on its effectiveness, and even the date the program was introduced and the devices they were authorized to label as compatible. Regardless of when Apple starts the program, states, and thus taxpayers, are responsible for supporting it.
Apple’s website has inconsistent information regarding when digital IDs will be accessible—the “All New Features” page for iOS 15 was updated from “late 2021” to “early 2022” recently.
While the inclusion of a digital ID is interesting in theory, we can’t help but question the motive behind it. Additionally, this does exclude people who do not use Apple devices, making Android users left out.
In the spirit of additions to the Wallet App, Apple is adding COVID-19 vaccine cards to its Wallet.
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