The days of needing your keys, phone, and wallet are about to be over thanks to Apple.
On Monday at the Silicon Valley-based tech company’s World Wide Developer Conference, Apple announced CarKey as part of the iOS 14.0 iPhone operating system, which is scheduled for release this fall. An update of iOS 13 will support the feature as well.
An iPhone with the iOS 14.0 operating system and CarKey will use the phone’s NFC chip to act as the vehicle’s key signal. The first vehicle to work with CarKey will be the 2021 BMW 5-Series, thanks to a partnership between Apple and BMW. Other vehicles and automakers will offer CarKey next year. The 5-Series was also the first vehicle with wireless Apple CarPlay
Users will hold their Apple NFC-equipped device, such as an iPhone or Apple Watch, next to the vehicle’s NFC reader, typically in the vehicle’s door handle,