BMW is the first manufacturer to announce that it will integrate the new Apple function into its vehicles. Pair up your iPhone with a vehicle, and the digital key lives in the Wallet app on iOS, the same area where Apple Pay credit card information and airplane boarding passes are stored.
BMW is launching a "digital key" that will enable customers to use their iPhone to lock, unlock and drive their auto.
Considering that CarKey operates instantly devoid of the consumer acquiring to unlock the mobile phone and open any app, it calls for the Background Tag Studying engineering, one thing that is only offered on iPhone XR and later on.
If they wish, the main user can restrict specific members of their five interchangeable Smart Key "family", limiting, for example, engine power and maximum radio volume - which you might imagine to be quite handy for those with teenagers. In case of a low battery, the BMW said the digital key will still work for several hours even after the phone shuts down automatically.
Hosted virtually for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the keynote address revealed the iPhone's new iOS 14 operating system, which is available to developers now and launches for consumers later in 2020.
Apple says the system will come first to the recently-announced 2021 BMW 5-Series, with more to follow.
Once the key is added to the iPhone, owners can share the key with other iPhones through iMessage.
Apple is working with standards groups to pave the way for expanding the technology to more cars. Federighi said it expects to see support for the new ultra wideband standard in new vehicles next year.
Then, you will be requested to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID prior to the unlocking of the vehicle, or you can set up with Express Mode should you want to skip authentication on biometric. With an upcoming software update, the iPhone can soon unlock and start a auto like a standard key.
Also new for CarPlay, which will allow you to customize the background, to best adapt it to the style of your vehicle.