What you need to know
- Apple is allowing people to put ID cards into the Wallet app if they're in a state that has signed up for the feature.
- A new report highlights the controls Apple has over the process and the states implementing support.
Apple announced that it was going to allow states to give users the chance to put their ID cards into the wallet app with iOS 15 earlier this year, and while the wheels are still in motion, a new report highlights just how much control Apple has in terms of the process, its management, and the states themselves.
According to a new CNBC report, Apple requires that states maintain the systems that are needed to issue the ID credentials as well as hire people for it to contact when it has questions. In fact, Apple even requires that states check with it before using any promotional material for digital ID cards, too. Apple has "sole discretion" over a number of aspects of the program, making it clear it's Apple's effort — and states are only there to help out.
Georgia and Arizona will offer driver licenses via the Wallet app, although the programs aren't yet live. Documents from Kentucky and Oklahoma were also reviewed by CNBC.
Apple reportedly even requires that states lobby to try to get "federal and state government" agencies onside.
Also of note is Apple's stance that any issues with the "authenticity of user identities" is the states' issue — Apple just gives them a place to put the cards once they're confirmed to be who they say they are.
The full CNBC report is well worth a read for anyone who wants a peek behind the curtain here.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
Good. One thing something like this needs to be feasible is standards. Waiting for states to come up with them, or expecting the federal Gov to, and states comply, will drag this out forever.
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