This was made known after reports that Apple was seeking strict control over how states roll out the feature which had earlier been listed to be announced later on this year.
Apple originally made it known during the WWDC 2021 event that the feature will allow users to make use of the Wallet app for storing digital ID for use at airport security checkpoints.
The system cannot work alone as it will completely depend on the government’s support.
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Customers in states like Arizona and Georgia will be the first to get this feature while others like Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah will follow even though there isn’t any report about the time frame.
However, a report was published earlier this month that showed that the contract between Apple and the chosen states is restrictive.
CNBC said, according to the contracts it viewed from Georgia, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, that Apple has “sole discretion” concerning how the states marketed the program, how they reported on its success, and even the date that they launched the program and the devices they’re allowed to mark as compatible. States, and therefore taxpayers, are also responsible for funding the program, despite Apple choosing when it launches.
As far as Apple’s website goes, there is conflicting info about when digital IDs will be made available. The “All New Features” page still showed that the feature will be made available in late 2021
The holidays and the vacations that come with them are fast approaching, which traditionally makes projects difficult to complete, especially if other organizations (in this case, the state governments) are involved.
Even though the feature is missing on the new iOS 15 updates, the software did in fact feature some impressive features.