Apple Will Soon Let You Use Your iPhone as a Car Key

Unlock your car with digital keys on iPhone, Apple Watch soon

Apple Wants to Transform Your iPhone Into a Car Key

Calling all iPhone owners - Apple has announced that as of next month you'll be able to use your phone (or watch) as a vehicle key.

That said, Apple claims its CarPlay infotainment system is offered on 97 percent of new cars available in the U.S., and 80 percent worldwide, so uptake should eventually be significant. You'll need an iPhone XR/Apple Watch Series 5 or newer. Users simply tap their phone to unlock the door using NFC technology. Then drivers place the iPhone on the car's charging pad and push the ignition button to start the vehicle.

Apple, which at one point had designs on producing its own cars, now estimates that its CarPlay infotainment system is available in 97% of new vehicles sold in the United States and 80% worldwide.

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Initially, only the upcoming BMW 5 Series will support this feature.

Apple says the system will come first to the recently-announced 2021 BMW 5-Series, with more to follow.

After an initial rebound, the iPhone sales plummeted in China in May as Apple reopened retails stores in the country after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apple is using Near Field Communication, known as NFC, a technology which allows devices within an inch or less of each other to exchange data wirelessly. The tech giant aims to eventually establish an industry standard using its U1, or ultra-wideband chip, within the next year.

You do have to use BMW's app to set it up. Owners can share the digital key via iMessage (essentially a text) along with restricted profile option for teens and valet. But we expect that the company may face some shortage of production in the first weeks.

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