Apple delays iOS 15's driver's license support until 'early 2022'

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What you need to know

  • Apple has delayed a feature that would allow driver's licenses to be saved in the Wallet app.
  • Announced alongside iOS 15, the feature was supposed to be coming this year.
  • An updated web page shows early 2022 as the new window.

Apple appears to have delayed plans to make it possible for people to store their driver's license in the Wallet app until "early 2022" after initially saying it would be available later this year. The feature was previously planned for a late 2021 launch, but that is no longer happening.

A newly updated web page (opens in new tab), spotted by MacRumors now shows that Apple intends to bring the driver's license support to iOS 15 devices at some point early next year, although there is no hard information as to why the delay is required. The feature isn't enabled in the latest iOS 15.2 beta, either.

Earlier this year Apple said that it would be supporting Arizona and Georgia as two of the first states to offer the feature to people, while Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah were expected to follow. It isn't immediately clear whether any of this will now change how the rollout happens in specific states, however.

Apple also said that we should expect TSA checkpoints to be among the first places where the digital ID will function, with people tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch to an identity checking device in a similar way to how Apple Pay currently functions. The feature will also require Face ID or Touch ID to be used by way of authentication, too.

While it's fair to say that this feature isn't why people are buying iPhones, its delay is still a disappointment to many. Lets hope we don't see a further delay.

Oliver Haslam
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