Digital ID could be used by participating businesses this fall

This fall businesses will be able to accept digital ID stored in Apple Wallet to verify customers. This could be used to verify identity or just customer's age. Biometric authentication will be required to access ID.

Starting this fall, businesses will be able to accept IDs in Apple Wallet — no additional hardware needed. This will streamline their ability to securely check a customer’s age in person for things like alcohol purchases, or to verify a customer’s identity at checkout for car rentals, and more. To seamlessly and securely present their ID in Wallet to an enabled business, users simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near the business’s iPhone. Users will be shown what information is being requested and whether the receiving party will be storing the information. Users will then be asked to authenticate and consent by using Face ID or Touch ID.

Apple Newsroom

Apple Newsroom: Apple previews new features coming to Apple services this fall


Apple launches Apple Card Savings account

Apple starts rollout for Apple Card Savings account. New high-yield APY of 4.15 percent savings account is backed by Goldman Sachs.

Apple Card Daily Cash could be automatically deposited to Savings account. Also, users could manage their account directly from Wallet app. There is a maximum limit for the account – $250,000.

New savings account available directly in Apple Wallet app might bring more users to Apple Pay.

Apple Newsroom: Apple Card’s new high-yield Savings account is now available, offering a 4.15 percent APY

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. 


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.


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.


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

Release notes:


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.


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