Apple turns the iPhone into the key for your vehicle

Thursday, 25 Jun, 2020

The feature allows your phone to be used as a key for your vehicle, customers can unlock the auto and place the iPhone in the smartphone tray to start the engine and get going.

At the moment, Apple Car Key is only supported on the latest 2021 BMW 5 series that will be released in the USA next month.

The feature also allows iPhone owners to share their auto key with someone else using iMessage, Apple's native text messaging system. Tap your phone against the door handle or outside NFC reader to unlock the vehicle, then place your phone on the Qi wireless charger, press the ignition button, and you're off.

The feature will also allow the user to share this digital key with up to five other people.

Apple made a string of new car-related announcements at its annual WWDC developer conference on Monday.

Yes, we know loads of other manufacturers have apps for unlocking/starting their cars, but this is different because it's actually baked into the iPhone's operating system and uses the native Wallet app.

Interestingly, Apple is not restricting this feature to just iOS 14, and is also making it available to iPhones running iOS 13. The Digital Key is also compatible with the Apple Watch.

He will first implement the feature in the BMW 5 Series 2021, but wants to expand it to other vehicle models.

"Rumors have suggested Apple will complete its transition to an all-OLED lineup for this year's "‌iPhone 12‌", with one new 5.4-inch device, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch handset.

The digital key uses NFC technology.

Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, said the tech giant is working on a standard with industry groups to realize a secure, "real" keyless experience by next year.

Initially, only the upcoming BMW 5 Series will support this feature.

The pictures that you see here were shared on Twitter by Sonny Dickson and are actually iPhone 12 dummies that are typically used by accessory makes to build cases and screen protectors before a new device launches.