What you need to know
- Apple's CarKey feature might also work on your house.
- That's according to a patent that shows the technology could work on any access-oriented system, not just a car.
- The system can also be used to generate access keys for other users, such as visiting friends and family.
An Apple patent published today has revealed that Apple's rumored CarKey function may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to secure access and unlocking.
A patent published Thursday shows that it could also extend to payments, unlocking doors and more.
The abstract states:
In the most recent iOS 13.4 beta, a 'CarKey' API was spotted, a feature that would allow users to lock, unlock and even start their vehicle using their Apple Watch or iPhone. This patent is very similar to that technology, however, it also has several applications beyond access to your car. The description states:
In principle, the system looks quite similar to Apple Pay, however obviously has many more uses and some aspects of the technology is cloud-based (Apple Pay info is held exclusively on your device.) This patent also has provisions for the sharing of access with other users.
The patent could show that one day, we may be able to use our iPhones to access not just our cars, but also buildings and our homes.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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