Apple is delaying the release of digital ID cards until 2022

Apple is delaying the release of digital ID cards until 2022

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  • At the time, the company said the tool would allow you to add your driver’s license or state ID card to Apple Wallet just like you would a credit or debit card. Among the first locations that will support the feature will be select Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at some US airports.

  • In the company’s Wallet app, Apple has delayed the release of a feature that will eventually allow you to store your ID. Apple says that functionality will now arrive sometime in early 2022, in an update to the official iOS 15 website that was spotted by MacRumors. In late 2021, the company previously planned to launch it. At WWDC 2021, Apple first announced the feature.

At those locations, you’ll have the option to use your iPhone or Apple Watch to present your ID to the TSA. You’ll do so by tapping your device on an identity reader, and you won’t need to hand over your iPhone or Apple Watch to a TSA employee.

Outside of early 2022, Apple has not shared a specific release date for the feature. What’s clear is that it won’t arrive with iOS 15.2. That update is currently in beta testing and does not include support for storing digital IDs.

In September, Apple announced eight states would support the feature at launch, starting with Arizona and Georgia, and Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah to follow. Beyond TSA checkpoints, Apple said retailers and venues would add support later.

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