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Apple will not allow ID storage in the Wallet app until 2022.

Apple has postponed support for ID card storage in the Wallet app until 2022. This feature was first mentioned at WWDC in June, with a release date of “late 2021” first promised. This release date has now been moved to 2022, as several of us predicted.

During Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote, Jennifer Bailey, VP of Apple Pay, introduced the functionality. During the keynote, Bailey stated that this is the final feature that Apple needs to add to the Wallet app in order for you to be “completely free of your physical wallet.” The TSA is also “trying to allow” airport security checkpoints as “the first location you may utilize your digital ID,” according to her.

Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah were among the first US states to embrace digital Apple Wallet IDs in September, according to a recent press release from Apple.

However, as MacRumors points out, Apple has updated their iOS 15 feature summary webpage to state that the feature will be available in “early 2022.” Unfortunately, Apple has not offered any further details.

This pause is unsurprising in the least. Apple’s time was running out to fulfill the end-of-year deadline, as iOS 15.2 is still in beta testing and does not have functionality for storing digital IDs in Wallet.

Furthermore, as we saw with the COVID-19 Exposure Notification platform, delays are to be expected if Apple interacts with individual governments on a state-by-state basis.

On a perfect world, this feature would be worth the wait because it would allow users to save their ID or driver’s license in their iPhone’s Wallet app. We don’t know anything else about when or how this functionality will operate, unfortunately.

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