6 Travel-friendly Features Coming to Apple’s Newest IPhone Software – The Points Guy

Apple Wallet on an iPhone (Screenshot courtesy of Apple)
Digital hotel keys in your Apple Wallet

While there’s a slew of features included in the new iOS 15 that’ll soon power your iPhone, six of them are significant enough to get travelers particularly excited. Let’s take a look.

Hotel keys in Wallet

A digital ID isn’t the only travel-friendly feature coming to your iPhone wallet.

Apple is also building hotel room key support directly into the Wallet app. If you’re staying at an eligible hotel or resort, you’ll be able to bypass both the reception desk and the hotel mobile app to get your room key. Simply opt in for a digital key through Apple Wallet.

On your day of arrival, your iPhone will automatically check you into the hotel and create a digital room key in the wallet. All you’ll need to do is authenticate your phone, and you’ll be in your room within seconds.

At launch, Apple is partnering with World of Hyatt to deploy this new feature at more than 1,000 properties worldwide.

Of course, some elite members might still want to stop at the front desk to inquire about upgrades and benefits, but for most users, this will make the hotel check-in experience faster and more efficient.

Digital keys will also make their way to garage doors, homes and corporate security badges when iOS 15 launches later this fall.

A digital ID for TSA checkpoints

Gone are the days of fumbling through your bag to find your ID while waiting in the airport security line.

Beginning in late 2021, you’ll be able to scan your state ID card or driver’s license using the built-in iPhone camera, and it’ll instantly be verified and stored securely in your iPhone’s wallet.

The feature will debut with a handful of yet undisclosed states, but the technology paves the way for a more seamless airport security screening experience.

During the keynote event, Apple teased that the TSA is working to accept a digitized version of your ID. Once it launches, all you’ll need to do is authenticate your digital ID card using a quick face scan or fingerprint and present a mobile boarding pass to the TSA officer at security.

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