Apple Wallet Car Keys could now be shared with Google Pixel

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.

Reference: You can now share your car key in Apple Wallet with Android users, starting with Google Pixel

Colorado residents now could add their IDs to Wallet

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. 

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Interestingly, Apple's home state of California is not even on the list of states which are working on making ID available in Wallet.

Reference: iPhone Users in Colorado Can Now Add IDs to Wallet App

Weekend good reads for Apple developers, issue #49

Another weekend is coming with big pack of interesting articles for developers.

And that is it for this week. Come back next week for more great reads!

New round of beta versions is published for Apple platforms

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.

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Second round of betas for iOS 15.4, macOS 12.3 and others

Apple releases next round of beta versions for iOS/iPadOS 15.4, macOS 12.3 Monterey, watchOS 8.5 and tvOS 15.4.

Warning

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

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User reports some issues with recent OS updates and betas

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.

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

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Apple Wallet now supports room keys with some Hyatt hotels

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. 

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Reference: Apple Wallet Now Supports Hotel Keys From Some Hyatt Locations