Back in September, it was reported that Apple is introducing the ability to add digital IDs, such as government IDs and driver’s licenses, to its Wallet app. According to the company’s website, the feature was due to arrive in late 2021, and there have also been reports that taxpayers will pay for it. It now appears that Apple has postponed the launch of this capability until early next year.
As reported by MacRumors , Apple quietly updated its dedicated iOS 15 website to indicate that the ability to add a government ID or driver’s license to Apple ID has been delayed until “early 2022.” There was no official reason for the delay. The timeline is also a bit vague, but it’s currently safe to say that this feature will roll out in the first half of 2022. However, it’s important to note that the latest iOS 15.2 beta doesn’t include this feature either.
Apple previously said that the first states to support digital IDs in the Apple Wallet would be Arizona and Georgia, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah. The company emphasized that through its integration, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow the selection of checkpoints at airports where Apple Wallet users can verify their identity before boarding the plane.
Apple said it gives people a safer and more convenient way to present their driver’s licenses and government IDs to the authorities. The Cupertino-based firm emphasized that the IDs are encrypted so they cannot be tampered with, and that Apple Wallet will communicate with ID readers over secure channels. It remains to be seen when this capability will eventually become available to Apple customers.