Apple wants your iPhone to replace your passport and driver's license

The next step in Apple’s goal of making the iPhone the only thing anyone has to carry is continuing, as the device can safely replace passports, driver’s licenses and other forms of identification physical.

Apple recently announced a plan to rid the world of car keys, but the iPhone has also made us forget what it’s like to carry diaries, cameras, pens and even mirrors. Now the company is focused on eliminating passports – as well as library cards, ski passes and ID cards in general.

A series of slightly different patent applications, all titled “Provision of Verified User Identity Claims”, details the methods by which a user’s identifier can be registered or transmitted – and confirmed. Apple doesn’t use the word iPhone just once, but instead refers hundreds of times to devices that could be any technological element.

“A device implementing a system for using a verified identity claim comprises at least one processor configured to receive a verified claim comprising information for identifying a user of a device”, explains such an application, “the verified claim being signed by a server based on when verifying information by an identity verification provider separate from the server, the verified request being device specific. ”

Under this proposal, a device such as an iPhone could safely transmit some form of identity. If the owner of the device is also verified, for example by Apple’s biometric sensors, this verifies the ID sent.

Although the Apple app mainly refers to passports, it is expected that a single system will be used for many things. “[This] allows a user to obtain a verified identity claim that serves as the user’s digital identity, which includes information that identifies the user (for example, information that has been provided by the user and verified by one or more systems), and which can be reused through different service providers “, explains the application.

The five borderline identical patent applications discuss features such as the user’s choice to choose to provide ID and technical details on how data can be transmitted securely. All five are credited to the same six inventors, including Christopher Sharp and Gianpaolo Fasoli, both of whom have prior related patents such as “Verification of data via device independent processors”.

That, Sharpe’s other patent for “Methods and Devices for User Authentication and Verification of Human Intent in Mobile Devices”, and these five are far from Apple’s first research on the iPhone as an ID.

Patent detail showing that the ID can be transmitted and received securely by any type of Apple device

The vice president of Internet services for Apple and Apple Pay has said publicly that the company wanted to provide identification, but also that it was difficult.

“Identity, to be legal, it must be government, it must be authenticated by the government,” she said in 2019. “We see around the world, many countries are starting to use mobile to add a passport.

“You can use a mobile passport when you cross airports today, and therefore it is moving and I think it will continue,” she added. “So it’s not too far, it won’t be as fast as some of the other activities we have.”

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