CarKey is one of the iOS 14 features that generated the most interest in the speech. CarKey allows you to open the door and start your car without the usual key or remote control. This brings a number of advantages including BMW will be the first brand to be compatible with CarKey. The models that will support it are already announced.

What is CarKey and what are the requirements?

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CarKey is a feature that will be integrated from iOS 13.6, although Apple has placed particular emphasis on iOS 14. With it, the user you can open your car door and start it. It works with NFC proximity technology, so there’s no need to touch or place the iPhone anywhere to boot.

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Just leave it near the gear lever (BMW has a section where the iPhone also charges wirelessly). Security is protected by Secure Enclave, where facial identification data is also stored and which are never shared with the cloud.

Another feature of CarKey is that it is digital and stored in the Wallet app and can be shared with other people through Messages. They can be given a new driver’s license, so they have certain speed limits or full control. If your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can turn off CarKey through iCloud.

CarKey has all the benefits of being digital – can be shared, disabled and always safe on iPhone

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As an additional measure, CarKey continues to operate even without a battery on iPhone for several hours. As for the device requirements, you must have a iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation) with iOS 13.6 and later. In the case of the Apple Watch, it is only compatible with Series 5 and watchOS 6.2.8 and later.

Which BMW models will support Apple CarKey

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On its website, BMW details which models will adopt Apple’s CarKey the fastest. They are as follows, as long as they are produced from July 2020 From:

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  • Series 1.
  • Series 2.
  • Series 3.
  • Series 4.
  • Series 5.
  • Series 6.
  • Series 8.
  • X5.
  • X6.
  • X7.
  • M5.
  • M8.
  • X5 M.
  • X6 M.

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A total of 14 BMW models will support Apple CarKey on iPhone and Apple Watch. As the Californian company has already announced, work with industry standards. So they hope to bring CarKey to other car manufacturers. Of course, there are still no announcements from other manufacturers. Hopefully they don’t take too long and become as popular as CarPlay.