Apple has postponed one of the most anticipated features from iOS 15 and watchOS 8. If you’ve been looking forward to using your phone as a driver’s license, then you’ll have to wait until early 2022.
Originally, Apple intended to introduce the driver’s license in the wallet function in late 2021, which meant it would have hit the market relatively soon. However, the company has quietly updated its iOS 15 website (as spotted by MacRumors) with a new release window in early 2022.
Apple said the feature would first roll out in Arizona and Georgia, and shortly thereafter in Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah. After moving the release window back to early 2022, it’s unclear whether all of these states will receive the feature at the same time or whether it will still have the same staggered rollout.
Unfortunately, Apple didn’t get more specific with the release date and kept it vague with the early 2022 window. The function is not activated in the latest iOS 15.2 beta, so the company doesn’t seem to have it ready for testing either.
As far as we would use the feature, Apple said TSA checkpoints in select US airports would come first, followed by other locations. The company placed great emphasis on security with the new feature, so it may have had to be delayed to continue to properly lock the implementation in Wallet.