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Apple delays release of digital ID cards until 2022 – TechCrunch


Apple has delayed the release of a feature that will eventually allow you to store your ID in the company’s Wallet app. In an update to which was spotted by , Apple says the feature will now arrive in early 2022. The company previously planned to launch in late 2021.

Apple first announced the feature at. At the time, the company said the tool would allow you to add your driver’s license or state ID card to Apple Wallet, just like you would with a credit or debit card. Some of the first locations that will support the feature will be certain Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at select U.S. airports.

At these locations, you will have the option of using your iPhone or Apple Watch to present your ID to the TSA. You’ll do this by tapping your device on an ID reader, and you won’t need to hand your iPhone or Apple Watch to a TSA employee.

In September, Apple announced it would support the feature at launch, starting with Arizona and Georgia, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah. Beyond TSA checkpoints, Apple said retailers and sites will add support later.

Other than early 2022, Apple hasn’t shared a specific release date for the feature. What is clear is that it will not happen with iOS 15.2. This update is currently in beta testing and does not include support for storing digital IDs.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Engadget.

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