Apple is delaying support for storing ID cards in the Wallet app until 2022. The company announced this feature at WWDC in June and initially promised that it would be released in “the end of 2021.” As some of us might have guessed, this release date has now been pushed to 2022.
Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey announced the feature during Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote. Bailey explained during the keynote that this is the last thing Apple needs to bring to the Wallet app to leave you “completely free of your physical wallet.” She also said the TSA “is working to enable” airport security checkpoints as “the first place you can use your digital ID.”
In September, Apple released a new press release announcing the first U.S. states to adopt digital Apple Wallet IDs, including Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah.
But as seen by MacRygter, Apple has tweaked its iOS 15 feature overview page to say that the feature is now coming in “early 2022.” Unfortunately, Apple has not provided any more specific information.
This delay is not in the least surprising. iOS 15.2 is currently in beta testing, and it does not include support for storing digital IDs in Wallet, so Apple’s time was already running out to meet the deadline by the end of the year.
In addition, as we have seen in the past with the rollout of the COVID-19 Exposure Notification platform, delays can be expected when Apple works on a state-by-state basis with individual governments.
In an ideal world, this feature will ultimately be worth the wait as it allows users to store their ID or driver’s license in the Wallet app on their iPhone. Unfortunately, we just do not know much else about when or how this feature will work.
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