We are in the week of WWDC20 and that means lots of software related news. In the opening speech, Apple introduced iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur and watchOS 7 among other news, and as the days go by we uncover new related secrets, for example the 40 hidden news of iOS 14. which Apple did not show in the opening speech.

Little by little, we learn more about the new functions of the systems, and focusing on iOS 14, there is one that has generated a lot of interest: Car key. This function will allow you to leave your car keys at home and easily open them from your iPhone or Apple Watch.

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CarKey uses NFC technology to communicate with the car, allowing the devices to function as a real key to unlock and start. Simply place the iPhone or Apple Watch near the NFC reader in the car during the initial process and The CarKey virtual key will appear in the Wallet application. Being new to the software this year, it was expected that it would be available on all devices compatible with iOS 14 or Apple Watch with watchOS 7, but it is not.

Which devices are compatible with CarKey

CarKey works automatically without the user having to unlock the phone and open an app. It means that requires technology capable of reading NFC tags without having to unlock the deviceAnd that’s something that’s only available on iPhone XR and later, and the latest model of Apple Watch.

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This means that the full list of CarKey compatible devices is as follows.

  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • Apple Watch Series 5

The case of Apple Watch Series 4, which shares most of the specifications with the current Apple Watch Series 5, but according to Apple will not be compatible with CarKit and you will not be able to open your car with it. In addition to these devices, we have to add the supposed 4 new iPhone 12 models that will arrive at the end of the year, and the new Apple Watch Series 6.

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Anyway, CarKey should not be implemented in the short term, it will be the same with CarPlay, it is a very long-term strategy so that in a few years most new cars will be compatible so you shouldn’t worry too much. At the moment it looks like BMW is the most involved brand with CarKey, we’ll see if more brands are added soon.

Source : Techradar