Apple Wallet has been using NFC technology since 2015. According to their press release, Apple currently plans for users to present their virtual license or state ID to the TSA by simply tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch at the identity reader, and then following given prompts requesting information. Users will not need to unlock, reveal their personal information, or hand their device to an employee in order to partake in the feature.
Although some may be hesitant to download their license to their Wallet app, Apple ensures that their app offers superior security over a physical wallet, which can be lost or stolen. In combination with NFC technology security measures, the combination should provide for a convenient and easy experience.
Further details haven’t been shared but it begs the question: Would your digital ID be acceptable to present to a police officer if a user is unfortunately pulled over? What about to get into a bar, or to purchase alcohol? On the NFC side, the technology is translatable; the question remains which further states and industries decide to accept virtual identification. However, with Apple’s continued utilization of NFC technology for Apple Pay, admittance to concerts and athletic events, and now the ability to store users’ primary identification all on one secure app, we can’t help but feel that you might be freeing up some pocket space in the near future.
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