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Apple’s digital driver’s license has been postponed until next year


Apple’s driver’s license / digital ID feature won’t be available until “early 2022,” according to an update to Apple’s iOS 15 page that MacRumors remark. The change comes after news was announced that Apple was seeking tight control over how states deploy the feature, which was previously listed as arriving at the end of this year.

Originally announced during WWDC 2021, Apple said this feature will allow you to use its Wallet app to store your digital ID for use at airport security checkpoints. Of course, the system depends on your state’s support – the company announced that Arizona and Georgia would be the first to allow citizens to add their licenses to their phones (Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will follow later) but did not specify when exactly that would happen.

A Capture of WayBack Machine of the beginning of the month shows that the text “Coming early 2022” was added recently.

Earlier this month, a report showed how restrictive Apple’s contracts with the states chosen to run the program are. CNBC said, according to contracts he has seen in Georgia, Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky, that Apple has “sole discretion” about how states have marketed the program, how they made account of its success and even the date they launched the program and the devices they are allowed to mark as compatible. States, and therefore taxpayers, are also responsible for funding the program, despite Apple’s choice when it launched.

Apple has conflicting information on its site on when digital IDs will be available – iOS 15’s “All New Features” page still says the feature is coming “late 2021”, but it’s hard to see that happen now. The holidays and the vacations that accompany them are fast approaching, which traditionally makes projects difficult to achieve, especially if other organizations (in this case, state governments) are involved.

The feature wasn’t the only one missing the official launch of iOS 15 – the new version of the operating system was released without many of the major features Apple announced on stage. Many of these were added via updates or appeared in the beta of the upcoming iOS 15.2, although Universal Control is still missing for those who want to control their Macs and iPads with the same mouse and keyboard. Apple still promises that it will launch “later this fall”.

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