When Apple launched iOS 15, some features were delayed for later versions. While some have already arrived and others are on the way, there is one that will not arrive in 2021: ID cards.
As seen by MacRumors, Apple has updated its iOS 15 Overview website to say that the feature that allows you to add driver’s and other government ID cards to the Wallet app will not be available until early 2022. The feature allows you to use your iPhone as a form of identification at TSA security checkpoints at participating airports. The system will use Face ID and Touch ID for authentication.
In September, Apple announced that Arizona and Georgia will be the first to implement ID Wallet support, while Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will arrive shortly after.
Apple says all ID data is encrypted on the device as well as during transmission. Apple’s mobile ID implementation supports the ISO 18013-5 mDL (mobile driving license) standard.
When the feature goes live, adding the ID to the Apple Wallet will look like adding a credit card. In Apple Wallet, tap the “+” icon at the top right of the screen, select ID, and scan your driver’s or state ID card with a selfie. The photos are sent securely to the state for verification. iPhone should also detect facial and head movements (similar to how to activate Face ID) as another security step. When the state confirms you, your ID will appear in the Apple Wallet.
Apple has not given a specific time frame for the release of the feature, but it will probably arrive as part of iOS 15.3 next year. iOS 15.2 is currently under development and looks set to be released within the next few weeks.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was iWalk. His obsession with technology goes back to his first PC – the IBM Thinkpad with the lift keyboard to replace the drive. He’s still waiting for it to come back in style tbh.