That can be pretty cool … I think?
Government IDs will soon be in Apple’s wallets
During Apple’s annual developer conference, some great innovations were announced, especially when it comes to the Apple Wallet feature. If you travel often, chances are you’ve used Apple Wallet for everything from mobile airline boarding passes to elite hotel charts.
Apple is already working to integrate a state-issued ID into the Apple Wallet. This will allow iPhone users to scan their country IDs and driver’s licenses into the digital wallet. This feature is expected to be released this fall when iOS 1
Of course, it is one thing to be able to scan your ID number on your smartphone, but it is a completely different matter to consider it valid for situations where you need identification. Apple expects the “participating” countries to allow this to be a valid form of identification. In addition, Apple is working with the Transportation Security Administration to enable the use of a digital ID at airport points.
Can this slow down the screening process?
Overall, I love the concept of being able to store my digital ID:
- It’s a good idea not to worry about carrying your physical document with you everywhere
- There is always a risk of losing your physical ID, so being able to store it on your phone reduces that risk.
- While I can appreciate why some people may have security concerns, I personally don’t, because so many companies already have so much information about me and worrying about it seems like a lost cause.
Given this, I’m the only one wondering if at some point this will slow down the airport experience? If passengers have both their boarding pass and the country identification number stored in the Apple Wallet, I feel that this will potentially add a few seconds to the verification process. While this may not sound bad on an individual level, when you multiply it by the number of people being checked, it looks like it can be added.
Then there is the other problem, which is only valid in selected countries, so this will definitely create some confusion in countries where it is not accepted.
Then again, it will be nice not to have to find a place to store your ID once your ID has been verified and before you go through the checkpoint, so there is this advantage.
Starting later this year, it should be possible to store selected government IDs in your Apple Wallet, which means you’ll have a government-issued digital ID. This is an exciting innovation in general, although perhaps the most exciting is that you could use this to clear the TSA checkpoints, as Apple is working with TSA to implement this.
It would probably be nice to be able to clear security checkpoints without having to remove an ID from your (physical) wallet, although I wonder if that will slow things down.
What do you think about the prospect of using an Apple Wallet stored ID to clear TSA checkpoints? Would you use it?