The latest beta version of Apple 13.4.5 from Apple contains code snippets that reveal details about the company’s CarKey digital key API and potential integrations with a low-cost iPhone.
BMW is rumored to be one of the first CarKey partners.
The first details on CarKey were discovered for the first time in a beta version of iOS 13.4 in February, and although the API certainly exists, there are few concrete details about it. At the same time, Apple should be about to release an entry-level “iPhone SE 2” model.
Now it looks like the code strings from the new beta version of iOS 13.4.5 spotted by 9to5Mac reveal more details about CarKey. They also suggest that the iPhone SE 2 could debut in the near future.
More specifically, it seems that Apple has added a new code that mentions CarKey compatibility with an iPhone equipped with Touch ID. Previously, it looked like the feature would only be supported by new devices with Face ID.
The code in question refers to a so-called “Express Mode” which would allow users to use CarKey without authenticating via a password or biometric data. He adds that the functionality “may be available when your iPhone needs to be charged”, suggesting that the power reserve should be taken care of.
This is where “iPhone SE 2” comes in. Express mode is assumed to be based on Apple’s current Express Transit function and is compatible with iPhone 6s and later. But Express Transit with power reserve only works on newer devices, handsets like the iPhone XR and the iPhone 11, which also have Face ID.
The key factor could be the ability to scan NFC tags in the background. The previous leaked code suggested that “the iPhone SE 2” could have this feature.
Since the iPhone 8 is Apple’s only Touch ID model, and this model does not support the power reserve, we can assume that the specific Touch ID device equipped and supporting the power reserve mentioned in the code is probably the next “iPhone SE 2”. “
Finally, another iOS 13.4.5 code string indicates that CarKey will not be available on older devices. This probably means that at least a background NFC scan and Express mode support will be required to work.
The so-called CarKey API, revealed in February, will allow users to lock, unlock or even start vehicles compatible with their iPhones or Apple es.
Apple’s so-called “iPhone SE 2”, which could also be called “iPhone 9,” is expected to be a 4.7-inch device with an A13 chip, Touch ID, and a form factor similar to the iPhone 8. .