Apple today launched the first beta version of iOS 13.4 for developers. The API t seems to include references to future functionality that will allow the iPhone to be used as a car key.
As we have heard, iOS 13.4 contains references to an API called «CarKey». This technology can possibly make your iPhone and also the Apple Watch to lock, unlock, and start a car. According to the internal files of the system, users can use CarKey in NFC-compatible cars just by approaching.
CarKey Features We Know So Far
It will not be necessary to authenticate with Face ID so that it will work even with the iPhone or Apple Watch without battery.
The pairing process will be done through the Wallet application, in addition to the car manufacturer’s application. Users should place the iPhone on top of the car’s NFC reader during the initial process, and then the CarKey will be available in the Wallet application. Then, the CarKey can be easily added to Apple Watch.
Another interesting information is that CarKey can be shared with other people, such as family members. Drivers can also invite them through the Wallet application to have the key on their own Apple devices.
It seems that Apple is already working with some manufacturers to implement CarKey. Therefore, you may expect some kind of announcement when Apple officially launches iOS 13.4.
Of course, this functionality will only be possible in vehicles with support for NFC keys. In the latest models of various car manufacturers, it is already common to find this feature, even incorporated as standard. According to the description of “CarKey,” users will not have to unlock the iPhone through Face ID/Touch ID to use it as a key.
Besides, it will not be necessary to worry when the terminal drains its battery since it will continue to work thanks to the charge reservation – as with the express transport card. It is important to mention that it is available up to five hours after the iPhone battery runs out, and is only integrated into the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
How will your iPhone be paired with the vehicle?
For this task, the Wallet application will do the job. From here, you can establish a connection with the automaker’s app to continue with the configuration process. The first step is to place the device above the NFC reader of the car, and CarKey will automatically open the Wallet. After finishing the pairing, you can assign an Apple Watch as a key.
Although there are references to the ‘CarKey’ API in iOS 13.4, this does not mean that the feature is available in the final version of the operating system, and may come in a future update. Recently, Apple would already be working with various automotive companies to use CarKey. Everything indicates that it will be available until the final version of iOS 13.4.
Photo Credit: Pocket-Lint.com
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