Soon you will be able to use your iPhone as an ID at the airport


Apple has announced an upcoming update to its Wallet app that will allow you to use your iPhone as a digital identifier at US airports. The company showed how to scan your driver’s license or ID in participating US states, which are then encrypted and stored in the iPhone’s secure enclave. The company says it is working with the TSA to use the iPhone as identification at airport security checkpoints.

In addition to a secure ID, Apple says it’s working on allowing hotels to distribute room card keys through Apple Wallet, so you can pick up a room key before arriving at a hotel. It was also announced that home keys and work keys would be coming to the Wallet app.

ID cards can be brought into Apple Wallet by scanning them.
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Apple Wallet launched with support for card purchases before expanding to other usage scenarios, such as transit passes. Apple reiterated that it is also adding features for unlocking cars using the ultra-wideband support of recent iPhones with BMW and other automakers.

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