IPhone may soon replace your passport, drivers license #118673

Joanna Estrada
July 5, 2020

But this company has made a brand image. Of course, the Cupertino-based company, in some sense, has won the hearts of millions of users. According to a report by Apple Insider, Apple has filed a series of patent applications. The iPhone has already replaced the needs for notepads, cameras, pens and a lot more.

Apple has detailed how to copy and use user identification in the latest patent application documents.

At WWDC 2020, Apple announced a feature in iOS 14 that could replace the vehicle keys with an iPhone. iOS 14 will have a feature with which you won't need a key to unlock or start your auto as an iPhone could do it. Now, Apple has turned to passports, library borrowing cards, ski resort membership cards, and other identification certificates.

Apple has always been rumored to be experimenting with ways to bring Touch ID back to the iPhone after it was scrapped in favour of Face ID in 2017 with the introduction of the iPhone X. Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo started off reports previous year that Apple is looking at introducing a new device in 2021 that offers both Face ID and under-display Touch ID, with follow-up reports from other sources saying Touch ID may be integrated into a device's power button in the future, and could make an appearance on an upcoming Apple Watch.

However, once government agencies truly get on board with this technology - and that's really the biggest hurdle right now to digitizing passports and drivers licenses into Apple Wallet - it ultimately stands to be much better than a physical identification card. For example, at a roadside stop, drivers could transmit their verified digital ID to a police officer without having to physically hand anything over at all, and the officer would have a greater assurance that they're getting a valid ID provided to them. Apple also explained in detail in the patent application documents how to ensure the safe transmission of data through technical means. The company also collaborated with the governments of Germany and the United Kingdom on projects to create identity cards.

The vice presidents of Apple Internet Services and Apple Pay have publicly stated that the company wants to provide ID cards. But they also highlighted the difficulties faced in this process. She stressed that technologies allow to implement the plans, but the main obstacle is the legal issues. We see, across the globe, many countries starting to use mobile to add a passport'. "So, it's not too far away, it just won't be as fast as some of the other activities we have".

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