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Digitized Government IDs

iOS 15 will Offer the Option to Keep a Digital ID in the Apple Wallet

— June 8, 2021 — Tech
The majority of the physical cards in a wallet have a digitized version for consumers to keep on their smartphone but this hasn't been the case for government IDs, which Apple iOS 15 aims to change with a new digital ID feature.

The upcoming iPhone operating system will now provide users with the ability to scan their government ID to keep a copy of it in their Apple Wallet. This will enable the digital driver's license to be used just like their physical one and will even be an accepted form of identification at TSA checkpoints.

The digital ID function within the Apple Wallet in iOS 15 will be available in select participating states to start with more likely to follow.
Trend Themes
1. Digitized Government Ids - With the growth of digital IDs, there is an opportunity for companies to develop new and innovative solutions that utilize these IDs in areas such as payments, security and identity verification.
2. Mobile Wallets - With more people using digital IDs, there is a growing trend towards using mobile wallets for payments which leads to opportunities for companies to create innovative payment solutions.
3. Electronic Forms of Identification - As governments increasingly shift towards digital forms of identification, there is an opportunity for companies to create new verification methods that can accurately authenticate electronic versions of identification.
Industry Implications
1. Technology - As always, any digital innovation starts with technology and software companies may take the lead in developing applications that use digitized government IDs for authentication.
2. Infrastructure - With government support, infrastructure firms can develop sophisticated systems and processes that use digital IDs to verify identity as well as for payment processing.
3. Transportation - Mobile digital IDs have already made their way to transportation with digital driver’s licenses being accepted at TSA checkpoints, but opportunities for innovation remain to utilize these IDs for ticketing and other transportation services.
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