We’ve talked a lot about CarKey here, a new API that basically turns your iPhone and Apple Watch into your car key. Today, with the presentation of iOS 14, Apple made the feature official – which, it is worth noting, will also work on iOS 13.6, when it comes out.
First of all, it is worth noting that the feature is compatible with the following devices: iPhones XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max and SE (2nd generation), in addition to the Apple Watch Series 5 (running watchOS 6.2 .8).
Apple chose to call everything as convenient as possible, «Car keys» («Car keys», in English), and the purpose is exactly the one mentioned above: use a digital key to open and start the vehicle.
To open, just touch the door handle to unlock your car using NFC technology; to start, you will need to get into the vehicle and place the iPhone on top of a reader or wireless car charger.
Your car’s digital key is stored in the Wallet app, with a similar look to a card. But the feature’s features don’t stop there. According to Apple, you can share virtual keys with your friends or family using Messaging.
In the same way that you can share, you can also revoke – perfect for anyone who wants to lend the car to a friend only on the weekend, for example.
Want more? You will be able to share normal keys, which give access to everything (open and start the car normally). But you can also have limited keys, which can affect acceleration, top speed, traction control and even the volume of the car’s sound!
Plus, digital keys will work even if your iPhone is out of battery (for up to five hours), thanks to a power reserve feature (power reserve).
The technology was created to also explore the U1 chip, present in the latest models of iPhones. The device’s ultra-wideband technology will allow manufacturers to safely and reliably detect the proximity and position of the iPhone, even if it is right there in the bottom of a bag, for example – there is no need to place the phone on top of a reader or the wireless car charger to start.
Of course, it is no use having just a recent iPhone running iOS 13.6 / 14 to use the feature. You must necessarily have a car that supports Apple’s virtual keys. For now, only BMW has commented on the matter, stating that all models 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4 (manufactured after July 1, 2020 ) will be supported. The idea, of course, is that other manufacturers will also offer support from next year. So we hope. ??
Update Jun 22, 2020 at 20:54
Here are some news from CarPlay that are worth commenting on, too: now, you can leave it to your face, putting the wallpaper you want.
With iOS 14, Apple will also allow new categories of apps to become compatible with CarPlay, including parking, electric vehicle recharge and food ordering apps.
In addition, it will be possible to ask Siri to share his time to the destination with friends or family, and send audio messages using the assistant (without Siri transcribing everything into text, that is, sending the audio itself).