Apple Dreams of Replacing ID Cards with iPhones
Apple hopes the iPhone would become a device you really can’t live without at some point in the future, and living proof is a recent patent imagining how the smartphone can replace our personal documents live ID cards and driver’s license.
The patent is called Document importation into secure element and describes a way for an iPhone to use a short-range radio chip, like NFC and RFID, to store embedded information issued by a state authority, including here names, addresses, and pretty much any other detail regarding one’s identity.
This information can be then read at a later time by state authorities using dedicated devices, but only if the iPhone owner gives their permission. This means the process needs to be approved using the typical methods, like Face ID, password, or fingerprint, though this last option is being ditched on new iPhones.