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Apple’s digital driver’s license has been delayed to next year

Apple’s digital driver’s license / ID function received’t be coming till “early 2022,” in accordance to an replace to Apple’s iOS 15 page that MacRumors noticed. The change comes after information broke that Apple was in search of strict management over how states roll out the function, which was beforehand listed as coming late this year.

Originally announced at WWDC 2021, Apple says that the function will allow you to use its Pockets app to retailer your digital identification to be used at airport safety checkpoints. In fact, the system relies in your state supporting it — the company announced that Arizona and Georgia could be the primary to let residents add their licenses to their telephones (with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah following later) however didn’t specify when precisely that may be occurring.

Earlier this month, a report confirmed how restrictive Apple’s contracts with the states chosen to lead this system are. CNBC stated, in accordance to the contracts it considered from Georgia, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, that Apple has “sole discretion” regarding how the states marketed this system, how they reported on its success, and even the date that they launched this system and the gadgets they’re allowed to mark as suitable. States, and due to this fact taxpayers, are additionally chargeable for funding this system, regardless of Apple selecting when it launches.

Apple does have conflicting data on its web site about when digital IDs will probably be obtainable — iOS 15’s “All New Features” page nonetheless says the function is coming in “late 2021,” however it’s troublesome to see that occuring now. The vacations and the holidays that include them are quick approaching, which historically makes tasks troublesome to full, particularly if different organizations (on this case, the state governments) are concerned.

The function wasn’t alone in lacking the official iOS 15 launch — the brand new model of the OS was launched with no good chunk of the foremost options that Apple had introduced on stage. A lot of them have been added by way of updates or have shown up in the beta for the upcoming iOS 15.2, although Universal Control is still missing for these wanting to management their Macs and iPads with the identical mouse and keyboard. Apple is still promising it’ll launch “later this fall.”

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