One of the most eagerly anticipated features of iOS 15 and watchOS 8 has been postponed by Apple. You’ll have to wait until early 2022 if you want to use your phone as a driver’s license.
Apple had planned to release the driver’s license in Wallet feature by the end of 2021, which would have meant it would have been available quite soon. However, Apple discreetly changed its iOS 15 website with a revised early 2022 release timetable (as observed by MacRumors).
The function will first be available in Arizona and Georgia, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah. After pushing out the release date to early 2022, it’s unclear whether all of those states will get the functionality at the same time or if it’ll still be staggered.
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Unfortunately, Apple did not provide a more precise delivery date, instead opting for a vague early 2022 range. The functionality isn’t enabled in the most recent iOS 15.2 beta, so it doesn’t appear that Apple is ready to test it.
Apple said TSA checkpoints in select U.S. airports will be the first to employ the functionality, with other locations to follow. With the new functionality, the firm placed a high emphasis on security, therefore it may have been necessary to postpone it in order to fully secure the implementation in Wallet.