Car Key introduced several years ago is yet not widely adopted by car manufactures (in some degree due to chip shortages in recent years) and was iPhone only feature for some time. Now these electronic keys could be shared with Google Pixel phone owners and other Android phones to follow soon.
Another state is now joining the Arizona and Maryland. Colorado residents now could use Wallet app to keep their driver license or state ID in digital form. There is a catch though.
The Department of Revenue says that the Wallet ID is designed to be a companion to the physical driver's license or ID, and it is not a replacement. Coloradans must continue to carry their physical driver license or ID with them, and the Wallet ID can only be used at airports.MacRumors
Interestingly, Apple's home state of California is not even on the list of states which are working on making ID available in Wallet.
Another weekend is coming with big pack of interesting articles for developers.
- Great article by Elina Semenko Evaluating math expressions with Swift – part 1 and part 2;
- Couple of good guides from Sarun W. – How to Get Push Notification while iOS App is in Foreground, Should we manually call @StateObject initializer and good list of fonts – Best Free Fonts for iOS;
- Majid Jabrayilov explains Window management in SwiftUI;
- Adjust SwiftUI controls for the Button Shapes accessibility setting by Natalia Panferova provides more info on making apps more accessible;
- Natascha Fadeeva provides great guide on caching approaches – Understanding different cache policies when working with URLRequest in Swift;
- Apple Wallet: supported barcode types and workarounds by Marco Eidinger provides deep dive into Wallet cards and barcodes on those;
- Antoine van der Lee explains how to start doing unit testing – Getting started with Unit Tests in Swift;
- Jordan Morgan provides good way of running code once for a view – Running Code Only Once in SwiftUI;
- Animated Launch Screen in SwiftUI by Leonardo Maia Pugliese could make your app slightly more magical to users.
And that is it for this week. Come back next week for more great reads!
Apple publishes bug fix releases for iOS and watchOS.
Apple to allow removal of Wallet app with iOS 16.1 release. This might be a related to anti-trust investigations happening in various countries.
9to5Mac and MacRumors report that Wallet app becomes App Store downloadable app examining iPadOS 16.1 beta.
Apple releases first round of beta versions of iOS/iPadOS 15.5, macOS 12.4, watchOS 8.6, tvOS 15.5.
There are couple of notable changes in new betas. There are references to Apple Classical music service focused on classical music. SportsKit references are also spotted. Apple Pay Cash in Messages is now rebranded as Apple Cash. iTunes Pass is now rebranded as Apple Balance in Wallet which might (or might not) mean that service will be available to more users soon.
Universal Control has compatibility breaking changes in this beta
Beware that Universal Control has compatibility breaking changes in new beta. If you use Universal Control, all your devices should stay on release version or should be all updated to beta versions.
- Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 to Developers
- Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS Monterey 12.4 to Developers
- Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 8.6 to Developers
- Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 15.5 to Developers
- PSA: Universal Control in iPadOS 15.5 requires all devices run the latest beta
- Apple to rebrand iTunes Pass in Wallet app with iOS 15.5
- Everything New in iOS 15.5 Beta 1: Apple Classical References, Apple Pay Cash Updates and More
Apple releases next round of beta versions for iOS/iPadOS 15.4, macOS 12.3 Monterey, watchOS 8.5 and tvOS 15.4.
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) can only update to iPadOS 15.4 beta 2 from iPadOS 15.4 beta 1.
Xcode 13.3 beta 2 is also released.
iOS 15.4 beta 2 includes "Tap to pay" framework, recently announced by Apple. Also, second beta now supports driver's license in Wallet. Also, this beta resolve issues with Siri recordings being shared even if user opted out.
macOS 12.3 beta 2 should resolve issues with bluetooth battery drain.
Beta download: Beta Software Downloads
- iOS & iPadOS 15.4 Beta 2 Release Notes
- macOS Monterey 12.3 Beta 2 Release Notes
- watchOS 8.5 Beta 2 Release Notes
- tvOS 15.4 Beta 2 Release Notes
- Xcode 13.3 Beta 2 Release Notes
- Apple Seeds Second Beta of tvOS 15.4 to Developers
- Apple Seeds Second Beta of watchOS 8.5 to Developers
- Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 to Developers
- Apple Seeds Second macOS Monterey 12.3 Beta to Developers
- iOS 15.4 Beta 2 Adds 'Tap to Pay on iPhone' Framework
- Apple Preparing for Driver's Licenses on iPhone in iOS 15.4 Beta
- macOS Monterey 12.3 Beta 2 Appears to Fix Bluetooth-Related Battery Drain Issue During Sleep Mode
- Everything New in iOS 15.4 Beta 2: Face ID Updates, Tap to Pay Code and More
- What’s new in iOS 15.4 beta 2: Tap to Pay on iPhone API, Face ID with mask tweaks, and more
- iOS 15.4 Beta 2 Fixes Bug That Caused Some iPhones to Record Siri Interactions Even When Users Opted Out
There are couple of reports showing issues with macOS 12.2 Monterey, iOS 15.3 and watchOS 8.4.
Users report that macOS 12.2 sometimes might result in battery drain during sleep when Bluetooth connection is on.
And watchOS 8.4 with iOS 15.3 update might result in sync issues with Wallet. Some cards and passes added or removed on iPhone are not synced to Watch automatically.
Also, some reports show issues with current beta versions too. Apple warns macOS Catalina and Big Sur users with FileVault volume with possible issues trying to boot into macOS 12.3. Release notes for the beta now includes the warning.
If your Mac currently has macOS Catalina installed, installing macOS Monterey 12.3 beta or macOS Big Sur 11.6.4 beta on a volume with FileVault enabled might cause a boot loop when attempting to log back into the previous volume. (88163545)
Apple Support: Installing macOS on a separate APFS volume
Just after publishing important releases, Apple releases first round of betas for next release – iOS/iPadOS 15.4, macOS 12.3, watchOS 8.5 and tvOS 15.4. And this release should be quite big!
Guests in select Hyatt hotels could now use keys in iPhone wallets to access their rooms.
Guests can hold their device near the door's NFC-enabled lock to access key card-protected areas, and with the Express Mode, an iPhone does not need to be unlocked to use the room key. Should their iPhone run out of battery, the Power Reserve feature allows it to continue to be used for unlocking the door for up to five hours.MacRumors