Apple execs talk replacing your wallet with Apple Watch in new interview
What you need to know
- Apple executives Kevin Lynch and Deidre Caldbeck sat down for a new interview with Yahoo!
- The executives talked about Apple's goal to replace the physical wallet with Apple Watch.
In a new interview with Yahoo!, Apple executives Kevin Lynch and Deidre Caldbeck talked about the company's plan to replace with wallet - not with the iPhone - but with the Apple Watch. Caldbeck said that it is Apple's ultimate goal is to make the Apple Watch have everything you need as far as IDs, credit cards, and more go.
The Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch already let you house debit cards, credit cards, loyalty cards, plane tickets, and other commonly used forms of verification. Now, with iOS 15 and watchOS 8, Apple is bringing keys to your home and your drivers' license to the app.
Lynch says that, by digitizing forms of ID, you'll be able to only share the pieces of information necessary in a particular situation.
The executive kind of hit the nail on the head when he expresses how fun it is to be able to unlock a car with your Apple Watch.
ID and home key support will launch with iOS 15 and watchOS 8 in the fall. While the iPhone and Apple Watch will support the new features, it will also require you to have a compatible door lock or live in a state that supports digital IDs. This is a long-term bet for sure, but another important step into a future without the physical wallet.
If you want to use your Apple Watch as your wallet, you'll want to make sure its screen isn't cracked. To protect it, check out our list of the best screen protectors for Apple Watch Series 6 in 2021.
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The acceptance needs to be there on the receiving end. I think that is kind of spotty at this point, in the US at least. I think one thing that needs to be factored in is inverting the display on the watch for the viewer. If you hold your watch up for someone else to see, it is upside down for them, unless you are next to them or contort a bit. As far as unlocking my car, I haven't had to use a key in years. I walk up to my car and it has either unlocked or I push a button because the fob is in my pocket. That fob incidentally has a physical key in it, just in case. The electronic stuff never fails though. right? And never at the worst time, middle of the night at airport parking.