iOS 15: Why I’ll keep my driver’s license in my wallet and not my iPhone
When iOS 15 rolls out, and Apple asks to see my ID, I think I’m going to pass.
Earlier this week, Apple hosted its Worldwide Developers Conference, which included a keynote address highlighting all the changes coming to your iPhone through iOS 15.
Expect upgrades to FaceTime (but no Android app), your smartphone notifications, and some Apple apps like Maps and Weather.
But the upgrade that stuck out most to me was Wallet, the handy app iPhone users can whip out to access their gift cards, grocery store discount cards, or movie tickets.
Want even more convenience? Soon, you can add your personal identification like a driver’s license, your house keys, your car keys, and hotel keys when you travel. Useful, right?
Look, I appreciate Apple wanting to make lives easier. The thought of just grabbing my phone to access my ID at, say, a security checkpoint at the airport feels really helpful if you’re in a hurry.
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However, no way I want that much information tied up on my iPhone. For starters, I already get anxious if I fear I’ve lost my phone. Certainly that will be a fun feeling misplacing a device with your ID, house keys, car keys, credit cards (if you use Apple Pay), on top of access to your email and social media accounts. To its credit, Apple has tools such as Find My to locate and remotely wipe your phone, plus it’s introducing an iOS 15 update to locate a device even when turned off.
Another reason: What if I decide I want an Android phone instead? It feels like a lot to untangle with so much information embedded to your iPhone.
Readers, what do you think? Let me know on Twitter: @brettmolina23.
What else happened in tech?
• Tired of Big Tech? Our tech guru Kim Komando offers some tips on how to reclaim some of your privacy online.
• A reprieve for TikTok and WeChat. The White House said its dropping orders from the Trump administration seeking to ban both apps.
• Tough time getting an Uber? The ride hailing app is rolling out a new feature to make life easier for drivers and riders.
It’s a big month for video game fans, starting Thursday with the launch of Summer Game Fest, which leads into the annual confab E3. Several big games were announced during the kickoff of Summer Game Fest, including Elden Ring, a collaboration including the author behind Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin.
This week on Talking Tech
On the Talking Tech podcast, we break down all the updates coming to iOS 15, privacy and Apple’s new AirTag trackers, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ upcoming space voyage.
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